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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Looking West
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Looking West

A postcard of the High Street, just east of the cross-roads, looking west. The photo may date from the 1950s - no street lights, phone box outside the Town Hall. The old gate frontage to what is now the Clydesdale Bank can be seen.
Picture added on 19 September 2004
Hi Graham, I have to confess I cant put a face to the name - too many MacKenzies in Inverg! You're right about the flats, I guess. I can't remember our door number but we were at the Munro Street end as you say.
Added by Bill Geddes on 31 January 2006
Bill, the flats being demolished, if my memory serves me right, were put up in the 60s - I suspect that your family lived in the houses nearer the Munro St end of Joss St.
By the way, despite you being a bit older than me I remember you quite well from my childhood. I also remember your sister Jeanette(?) well - she was the class above me in school.
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 31 January 2006
Down on the left hand side just past the fountain will be the Clydesdale Bank where I had an account for my pocket money in the '50s. I have just read that it is closing next week! Perhaps someone should pop out and take a face on shot of the building as I do not think there is one on this site.
I was also saddened to read that flats at 25/71 Joss Street are to be demolished. I think this is where my family lived from about 1946 to 1953--again perhaps someone in the town can record the buildings and upload the shots to this site?
Added by Bill Geddes on 31 January 2006
Billy, take a gander at picture #650 - use the large version. You will see your old home - also see the flats that are supposedly coming down, centre part of pic....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 01 February 2006
Hi Bill, you will probably remember my brother Ian and Sandy better - nearer your age but probably a bit older. My folks had the Grocer's and Drapery business on the corner of Bank St and High St opposite the Post Office (can be seen in the picture above). Later Rhinds moved there from down Bank St and is now the Locality Office.
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 02 February 2006
Yes I've got you now Graham. Sandy was a wee bit older than me and I remember him as a particularly good footballer and popular with the girls as he was good looking and a very friendly bloke.
I remember the shop of course and your mam and dad. Invergordon had a lot of grocers for a small town. The picture above is very similar to my memory of the High Street when I left school and went to work in Inverness. Looking at other pictures on the site the middle of town did not change much for 50 years but has undergone radical changes since the move from a RN base to oil based commerce. I can't say I like it but I guess it gives the town a purpose and stopped it from "dying".
Added by Bill Geddes on 03 February 2006
I remember the fountain well. It got knocked down a few times and that is possibly why it was relocated to the far West of The High Street. Is it still there? We lived in Alness and visited Invergordon in summer to swim in the open air pool (filled from the Cromarty Firth - it was freezing) and to go to the pictures in the Town Hall. Later than that we attended Invergordon Academy travelling by bus in the mornings and returning by train in the afternoons. Great Days and memories. Have lived in South Africa since 1968. Although we have no family left in Easter Ross we still come and visit-last time two years ago.
Added by Samuel Kennedy on 12 April 2015
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