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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Academy
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Academy

Invergordon Academy Primary 3, 1938
Back row, left to right: Ronald Garson, Hugh Mellon, Ian Fraser, Ian Morrison?, Bobby Cole, ?, Gordon Haines, Geo Sutherland;
3rd row: Eva Fraser, Helen MacKay, Kathleen Ross, Ethel Hamilton, Margery Hendry, Carrie Hercher, Marie Mackenzie;
2nd row: Mary Blake, Minnie Ross, Jane Crystal, ?, Jean Kyle, Helen Mackenzie, ?;
Front row: ?, Simon Clark, George Armstrong, Will Mackenzie, ?.
Picture added on 12 May 2004
Ronald Garson went to Canada and we heard he did very well in the academic world.
Added by Jet Robb & Lilian Boon (nee Andrews) on 15 August 2004
Just spotted the name Hercher on this photo. Does anyone remember the Hercher shows? Usually set up on the parkland next to the playing fields on the road up to Gordon terrace.
Added by Bill Geddes on 04 December 2005
I hope they are not offering the same goldfish--they must be gigantic!
An interesting thing about this photograph is how the children look better dressed and fed than immediate post war pictures. I always assumed that wartime children were healthier because of the healthier diet enforced on them (no sweets etc.)
Added by Bill Geddes on 05 December 2005
As far as I know, Bill, I think the Hercher's are still on the go and appear at various little summer events, ie the Inverg Games, Alness Car Rally. I don't think the top teddy prize has changed over the past 20 years!!
Added by anon on 05 December 2005
Yes I remember the pump guns - I'm sure the sights were bent. I think it was Carrie Hercher and her family who lived in a caravan just behind my home at 32 High Street. There was a patch of waste ground just off the lane between the High Street and Clyde Street ( beside Jim Maclennan's house). The access to our back garden was through this same patch.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 06 December 2005
Remember the Hercher side-shows - think the owner was Charlie Hercher. They used to also set-up on the Castle Road behind the minister's garden wall, swing-boats etc..my favourite was the shooting gallery...pump guns that shot small darts....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 06 December 2005
I saw the Herchers in a newspaper article last year, so they are still out there.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 06 December 2005
Hello John - now you mention it I remember it was Flo. Did Bill Beavis not work as a coal man for a while? My Grandmother used to look after their daughter between end of school and her Dad stopping work in the evening. It's years since I lived in Invergordon (1967) so some of the names get a bit fuzzy, although I remember you in the shop.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 12 December 2005
Yes, the Herchers are still on the go. Charlie Hercher's Grandsons still do the Highland Games and various galas. Eddie, it was Flo Hercher who lived in a caravan behind you; she was married to Bill Beavis (Postman). Flo latterly ran the Pet shop on King Street after Willie Ross the Butcher went across to the shop Jimmy Grant was in. Carrie now lives in the new houses near the Masonic Hall.
Added by John Mitchell on 12 December 2005
Like Eddie I too have hazy recollections of who is who. I often remember the names on the site and sometimes can even put a face to it. It would perhaps help if everyone put a few words on their contributions to jog memories? Maybe the site organisers could set up a "this is me" facility so that current and ex-residents could identify themselves--with, perhaps a photo facility for those who are brave enough to reveal "this was me then--this is me now!
Added by Bill geddes on 13 December 2005
I remember the lovely gypsy caravan in which Flo Hercher lived in 'just off the lane between the High St and Clyde St' as Eddie says. She stayed there with her husband, Bill, two daughters and son. One of her daughters, Carol Beavis, was my friend and I shall never forget the first time she took me home. The caravan was a 'little palace' and so cosily set out. It was a bit like the Tardis really - it seemed much bigger inside than it looked from the outside! I visited many times and was always made very welcome.
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 13 January 2007
There is a programme about the Hercher family on BBC2 this Sunday at 10.10pm.
Added by Estelle Quick on 26 January 2007
Estelle - thank you for that info.
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 27 January 2007
My dad Gordon Haines. Brilliant.
Added by Wendy Simmonds on 31 October 2016
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