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The Invergordon Archive

Fire Station
The Invergordon Archive
Fire Station

The old Fire Station in Clyde Street.
Picture added on 12 February 2005
Comments:
Hmm... I am sure that this is an old council shed for storing street cleaning equipement and the like. Previous to its current location, was the fire station not situated between the harbour and the jetty?
Added by anon on 18 February 2005
The Fire station was next to the West Harbour. This is where the Council kept their equipment. I don't know whether it was a fire station prior to that?
Added by SubC on 19 February 2005
In the 50s the fire hall was located here on Clyde St, at this location....chief was Davey Bodell...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 20 February 2005
This was the old fire station. The siren was on top of what used to be the picture house. I think that was a left over from the war. The chief I remember most was Roddie Grahame from the chip shop down at the bottom of King Street. I remember the fire station being moved down to the building at the top of the RAF pier and the old buiding then used as a store for council cleaning equipment.
Added by Cgrampians@msn.com on 06 March 2005
My Granny was speaking to Davey the other day, and he has good memories of the Fire Station above.
Added by SubC on 08 March 2005
Most definitely the "old Fire station" - this was when it was the Northern Fire Service. My father was a fireman for years and we had a bell in the house that rang every time the siren went off...times I speak off around 1947. From Clyde Street the station moved to the top of the "RAF" pier.
Added by Duncan Murray on 22 January 2006
Yes Douglas, the same David Bodell, now resident at Mull Hall Home in Barbaraville.
The shed in the picture was vacated by the fire brigade when they moved to the building at the harbour which had been vacated by the NAAFI with the rundown of RN activity at Invergordon, around about 1960 perhaps.
The stone building behind the fire station, on left of picture, was the Town Council office or Burgh Chambers. The library was on the top floor, the Burgh Surveyor and Town Clerk (Messrs Woodburn and Ross in the 50s-60s) had offices there, also a general office where the public paid their rent, rates etc and complained about rubbish blowing off the dustbin lorry etc etc
The building on the right was the Commercial Bank, later the National Commercial and currently the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 28 January 2006
Is the Davey Bodell the one who used to live on Outram Street, had a sister called Jean and his Dad had the grocer's shop on King St next to Dalgarnos?
Added by Douglas Will on 28 January 2006
Ronald, thank you for that info; often wondered what had happened to David. I tried to find him through Friends Reunited but never had any success. What is the Mull Hall Home, please?
Added by Douglas Will on 29 January 2006
Yes, most probably. Logan is now down in Lincolnshire along with another of my brothers - Gordon - who lives not far from him. I now live in Devon. After seeing service in the army and Prison service am now retired and leading a life of easy. Some hopes with four grandchildren and two great grand children!
Added by Douglas Will on 30 January 2006
Mull Hall is an old folks home at Barabaraville. When opened as a hotel some 30 years ago, it was called The Jackdaw. It has since been converted as a Home, and small houses built around it for more independent elderly folk. I remember David on the shop van, and I think he went to the lighthouse service when the shop closed. I have not seen him for some time, and am not so sure that he gets out much nowadays. The phone number for Mull Hall is 01862 842308 if you wanted to ask for him. From your surname, I would guess I was in school with your brother, young Logan!
Added by Ronald Stewart on 30 January 2006
Re Davey Boddell, if anyone out there can furnish me with the mailing address for the above mentioned home, I would send Davey a letter. He and I had a few jaunts together...I recall a trip to Aberdeen that turned into quite an adventure....

(Contact details have been sent to Harry- Site Admin.)
Added by Harry O'Neill on 31 January 2006
Yes, this was definitely the old fire station. I lived just down the road, in Clyde Street, and was always up there as a wee lad, in the late ‘40s and very early ‘50s. Used to be there so often that they unofficially adopted me as their mascot , at least that’s what they told me. Then I found after I came out of the army in ‘59 that they had moved down to the harbour near my mother.
Added by Fdan Macdonald on 13 May 2006
I am happy to report that Davey got my letter, and I have received a reply through a friend of his. I have also sent a couple of pictures of Davey and one of his father's delivery van to be posted on this site; hopefuly they will be.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 19 May 2006
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