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The Invergordon Archive

Family Picture
The Invergordon Archive
Family Picture

This is Vic Anderson on the left, his sister Elizabeth Anderson (my grandmother) and on the right is Vic's friend Tarry Urqhart (who later managed the YMCA). I love this photo - it's so clear that they could almost step right out and talk to you!

(The date is pure guesswork - Site Admin.)
Picture added on 02 December 2005
Does anyone know much about the YMCA? I remember it used to be used for dances when the fleet was in. In my time it was certainly past its best as parts of the dance floor were rotting and energetic dancing risked losing your shoes!
Added by Bill Geddes on 04 December 2005
Hi Bill, just reading the comments on site. My grandparents Cathie and Jim Askew lived at 65 Clyde Street with my Uncle Iain and Gran bought the YM as my Granda had been a sailor and she thought they didn't get a very good deal. Pop could tell stories of sailors missing their boats and if the YM had no empty beds they made up beds in the billiard room. I remember the ladies in Clyde Street doing a baking and Gran making hundreds of doughnuts for the sailors. They latterly lived in Viewfirth opposite the swimming pool and moved to Inverness when I was 10. Thompson the boat-builder and his family then bought it and I lost track of who had it when it became the Grange bed & breakfast. Always thought it was funny how it and the Royal burnt down.
Added by Liz Askew on 13 May 2008
Is this the same Vic Anderson I remember from the Milton Inn? I think his daughters were Frances Ralph and Florence Tomlinson?
Added by Liz Taylor Nee Askew on 25 December 2009
Hi Liz, I used to live on Clyde Street and even when I was too young to go to the dances I used to lie in bed and listen to the music and longed for the day when I could go. I was not disappointed!!! The dances were great especially when the Royal Marine dance band was playing. Your Granddad used to be on the door making sure everything was ok. Those were the days!!!!
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 28 December 2009
Hi Rosalie, hope you had a good Xmas and best wishes for 2010. Gran had moved to Viewfirth by the time I came along but I remember visiting the YM as we called it and being in the kitchen when a big baking was going on and getting a warm sugared donut. The rooms were all made up with the same bedcovers in different shades. I loved trying to play the big piano in the dance hall behind the velvet curtains. Dad did the tickets sometimes and I remember standing beside him as everyone paid and then being taken home later when the dance started. We spent quite a bit of time in Clyde Street between the YM and visiting Annie Martin. Good times.
Added by Liz Taylor Nee Askew on 29 December 2009
I can remember for a while around 1963/64 that the YMCA housed the Invergordon Youth Club. It was a fantastic venue and we had some great dances there. I am sure guys like Eddie Maliki, Johnnie Urquhart, Graham Mackenzie and Davie Smith, who all contribute regularly to this site, must remember that as they are all around the same age as me, give or take a year. Perhaps you also remember Liz?
Added by John Fraser on 29 December 2009
Hi John, I can't remember the Youth Club being there (too young). I remember either it or the Drama club being held in the wooden building between Lamb the photographers and the Caley Bar but it possibly was in the YM. It was a huge building, difficult to believe that when you look now at the ground area where it was.
Best wishes for 2010 John, Susan and the family, I always remember Cathie at this time and the warm welcome you always got at number 29.
Added by Liz Taylor Nee Askew on 30 December 2009
Hi John - a good New Year to you! I remember the Youth Club in the YM very well. It wasn't there for that long but would have been around 1962/63/64 as you mention. It was just in a couple of rooms in the back but for people of our age at the time it was exciting stuff!
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 02 January 2010
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