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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon Academy Sports Day
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Academy Sports Day

I estimate this photograph was taken around 1949/50. Left to right - Sheena Woodburn, Anne James (with green Morven band on) and Zilla Mackenzie. Sheena and I still keep in touch.
(Anne James now Anne Bridges)
Picture added on 02 April 2006
Another great picture Anne; Sheena and Zilla were in my class in school. I remember the house bands, Yellow Wyvis, Red Nevis and Green Morven. I have been in contact with Sheena, Zilla moved to Inverness, her dad was with the Post office, Sheena's dad was the town clerk or planner...thanks for the picture Anne, great days eh?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 05 April 2006
Yes Harry, Sheena's father was the Borough Surveyor. There is another photograph of him and Sheena's Mother........ picture #379.
Added by Anne James now Anne Bridges on 06 April 2006
Anne, upon revisiting this picture, I am wondering if you keep in touch with Zilla or know if she is still in Inverness and have any family? - her father Jock used to teach violin after hours in room 15 of the Academy.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 15 June 2009
No Harry I have not heard anything about Zilla since I left Invergordon. Sheena and I are in constant touch though. We spend a lot of time together and next month Sheena is coming to stay with me for a few days.
Added by Anne James now Anne Bridges 17 June 2009 on 17 June 2009
Thanks Anne, maybe Sheena knows - say hello to her for me.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 17 June 2009
This is a lovely picture of my mother. I find myself coming back to it again and again.
I see a lot of my own daughter in her face, and what about those knees!
Added by Gary Mahon on 14 October 2010
I was in red... Nevis ... always the haddies!!
Added by Kenny MacCormack on 17 October 2010
Yes Nevis was the best.
Gary can you tell me which one is your mother?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 17 October 2010
65 years since I have seen those faces and there was an instant ID for Sheena and Zilla, who I used to hang around, hopefully - they were a pair of corkers - all that time ago. It's funny how things come together: Sammy Kennedy, Alness, has just recently been in touch and it has started a bit of a search for 'who went where'. Was Zilla not from Isle of Lewis, or was that Sheena? I only did one year at Invergordon, and then was (unwillingly) whisked off to an English boarding school as my Da got a job in Gold Coast/Ghana; and lost touch with Easter Ross. But still have the accent! I was good friends with Donald Ross and John Fraser: what news of them?
Cheers to anyone that remembers me.
Added by Duncan McArdle on 26 December 2014
Mornin' Duncan,
I often wonder where you'd disappeared to. At the ages we were then I suspect all sorts of things were changing and people coming and going was all just a part of it.
I spent 35 years flying as an Air Electronics Officer on maritime patrol aircraft of the RAF and on retiring in '98 moved into the RAuxAF as an operations officer. (I was even mobilised in '03 for GW3 at the age of 62 - that hurt!)
Now I'm a case worker for a service charity and I'm involved in an organisation called Mens' Sheds. (Google will help you)
Donald went off to be a journalist after Uni and I haven't hide nor hair of him since unfortunately.
Added by John Fraser on 28 December 2014
Hello John,
Very long time, no see: good to hear from you. You don't seem to be 'retired' any more than I am. We (+ wife K) have a small business - very small - producing bridle number discs for horsey competitions. This came out of breeding Highland ponies for 30 years in Aberdeenshire. Don't know if you ever knew but my grandfather's brother was a keeper all his life at Novar and I think Kildermorie up behind Alness. The estate had ponies - 'garrons' - for carrying deer, and he would sit me on them as a very young kid. Before that K and I were both in Edinburgh Uni, archaeology, but after doing a PhD managed to dodge getting a 'real' job off into our own place here near Alford, to make no money breeding 'horses with short legs' (hardly ponies). I also do proofreading for, mostly, oil companies round Aberdeen.
But the winters are getting to us and the rheumaticky joints, so we are trying to organise permanent winters somewhere warmer. A six-year-old granddaughter doesn't make the break any easier.
There is a Donald Ross who is crossword editor at The Scotsman: the last of the three?
Cheers and a good new year.
Added by Duncan McArdle on 30 December 2014
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