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The Invergordon Archive

The Invergordon Archive

Rhinds old shop in the lower part of Bank Street. This was demolished to make a car park! - another form of the clearances (see picture #580). Such vandalism would not be allowed today, thankfully. These buildings could easily have been modernised and re-used which would have retained the character of the old part of the town. Sadly, much of it has gone.
Picture added on 12 February 2005
Prior to this being Rhinds it was known as Frasers for many years, owned by Charlie Fraser, known as "Charlie Pandrop" - why I don't know. His son John and I were in school together...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 20 February 2005
Yes I remember Charlie Pandrop. It seemed that just about everyone in the town then was known by a nickname rather than their real name. I am fairly sure lots of people didn't know my real name as my nickname was so universally used. Does anyone remember "Rinso" and why he was called after a soap powder? It's many years since I have been home but I remember being very shocked by how much of the town had been obliterated to make way for more dock area. This must have been unecessary but was presumably cheaper than using landfill to create extra building space. The town had many fine old sandstone cottages which would today have given it a very historic feel.
Added by Bill Geddes on 27 December 2005
Hi Bill, the nickname for the Frasers was 'Pandrop'. We got it from my dad - he always had pandrops in his pocket.
Added by Jessie Fraser (Pandrop) on 28 September 2011
This building was used by Willie Pope Electrical Contractors from about 1971 as a workshop, showroom etc.
Added by Alan Ross on 07 May 2012
I (and Jessie) were born in that house attached to the shop.
The nickname "Pandrop" came from my Grandfather because he always had a bag of pandrops in his pocket to pass along the pew during long drawn out Free Church sermons. No sweetie papers to rustle and give the game away you understand.
I also remember feeling reely reely ticked off when I spotted the empty site as I drove along Shore road on my way to Saltburn. I turned round and had to go and have a look. There wasn't even a Blue Plaque to commemorate the fact that I was born there!! Philistines the lot of them!
Added by John Fraser on 07 May 2012
Don't take it too hard John - there isn't even a plaque to say "The Pope" was there!
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 08 May 2012
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