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Invergordon Skiffle Group
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Skiffle Group

Invergordon Skiffle Group on the school steps. 1956 is written on the back of the photograph but unfortunately there are no names written down so I have thought long and hard.
I know Brenda Peterson of course, she is in the front row on the right hand side. Middle front is Dickie Millin, who I think came from the Delny area and front row left hand side is David Gordon who we used to call Tarzan. Back row left hand side on the washboard is Joe/James Hunter and back row right hand side is Jock Mackay.
I have been trying to think of some of the songs that used to be played........"Freight Train" was one and I think "Rock Island Line" was another.
Brenda still lives in Invergordon, she is married to Willie Mackay. I am not sure about the others on the photograph. Perhaps someone else will be able to jog my memory.
Picture added on 06 April 2006
Judy Pritchard from Ardross I think at the back.
Added by IsabelK on 13 April 2006
Looking at the group, I think it must have been 1959. I think Judy, Jock, and James were in their last year of secondary.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 01 June 2006
This was well after 1956 as we only came to live in Invergordon in 1956.
Added by Gordie Peterson on 01 June 2006
It definitely wasn't 1959. I left Invergordon Academy in 1957/58 and I took this photograph before then.
Added by Anne James now Anne Bridges on 02 June 2006
Could the blonde guy at the back be Alan Drever?
Added by John Mitchell on 08 June 2006
Hello John - not Alan Drever, although Alan was in the same class as Judy and a couple of the other guys. I believe the surame of the "blonde guy" is Mackay. He was one class below me, and used to live in one of the houses by the Inchindown pumping station, beside the church.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 09 June 2006
Is that Brenda Mackay that is/was the barber??
Added by Anon on 09 June 2006
Hi Eddy. This is not Alistair Mackay from the Pump-house - I don't think he came to Inverg till later.
Added by Gordie Peterson on 10 June 2006
It is definitely Alan Drever (the blonde guy) at the back. I am his sister Judith
Added by Judith Gibb (Drever) on 24 July 2006
Hi there Judith, apologies for not recognising your brother, I always remember him as being bigger built than in the photograph. I suppose it is a long time since those days. Am I right in remembering it was you I accompanied behind Fraser and Ishbell Macleanan at their wedding when they went to sign the registry book?
Added by Eddie Trotter on 26 July 2006
Hi Eddie, the subject skiffle group formed about early 1958. As I recall our class 3a attempted to form a similar group but didn't pass the muster and folded after one day..!
Added by Fraser MacLennan on 05 September 2006
We actually competed with this skiffle group at Alness Gala. That group from L to R: Joe Hunter, definitely Alan Drever, Judy Pritchard, Big Jock Mackay; front: Alan Tarzan Macloed, Dickie Milne, Brenda Peterson. They won competition, we came second.
Added by Tommy Macallister on 17 July 2012
Gosh I remember being so proud of my big brother - was he ever this young? My dear friend Judy Pritchard taught with me at Lochaber High School and Brenda Petersen who grew up with me in Orkney is like a sister to me and a lovely friend.
Anonymous comment added on 18 July 2012
Front centre is Richard (Dickie) Millham from Kidary. Now retired from position of Principal at Motherwell College.
Added by Jim Logan on 19 July 2012
Tarzan!! - real name Alan Macleod, blonde guy is Alan Drever, Judy Pritchard is beside him but they were not in Skiffle group.
Big Jock was my mentor, Ian was captain and centre half of under fifteens, played right half for seniors on Saturday mornings, off with under fifteen strip, on with seniors strip. Loved it, just absolutely loved it. Alan Drever at centre forward for seniors. Dick Milne was one sharp cookie and big Jock magic at centre half, Saturday afternoons played on right wing for Alness United. We younger guys had a skiffle group; we actually competed with Invergordon skiffle group on occasions - Duggy Low (spokes), Bertie Cameron (huke), Donian Sinclair, Donald Munro (Sputnik), myself & Sally Mackay.
Added by Tommy Macallister on 16 December 2015
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