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The Invergordon Archive

The staff of Messrs. A,M, Wallace Ltd.
The Invergordon Archive
The staff of Messrs. A,M, Wallace Ltd.

This is a photo from an article in the Highland News & Football Times of 11th December 1975. I found the newspaper cutting amongst my mother's (Fay) personal belongings after she died.

The caption to the photo is:
"At your service ..... the full-time staff at Messrs A.M. Wallace Ltd., the Invergordon High Street newsagents take time off for the sort of smile the customer gets. Picture left to right are - Mrs. Fay MacKenzie, Mrs. Rene Mackintosh, Mrs. Jean Ross, Mrs Bunty Campbell and Mrs Lanora Geddes. They are the staff of the newsagency section of the expanding business."
Picture added on 03 February 2007
The accompanying write up to this picture is quite extensive. The heading of the article is: SANDY HEADS FOR TOP OF THE LEAGUE AGAIN!
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 03 February 2007
Heather I feel that I must have known your Mum - I remember Bunty, Jean and Leonora in Sandy's Shop. Jean also latterly worked with my Mam in the County. I was at Leonora's daughter's wedding (I was going out with her best man at the time) and remember being star struck by her son Bobby who was a goalkeeper for Dundee at the time (I think?)!!!
Added by Jillian Baird on 06 February 2007
Jillian - I am sure my Mum would have known you also, as she had a wonderful memory for people and names. She worked since the mid sixties - late '80s, in Invergordon, in the Royal Hotel, Invergordon Social Club, Sandy Wallaces and latterly, Roy Macgregor's, to name just a few that I remember. Sadly, she died just over a year ago, and had she been alive, I would have been able to put names to faces in every picture I have submitted, I am sure! I wish I had discovered this site before Mum died - she would have been thrilled with it! I can just hear her 'being annoyed at me' for not putting forth all the names! Although I too, recognise the names of Bunty, Jean and Leonora through Mum and having met them myself when in the shop, this picture was made easier for me through the newspaper captions of course!
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 07 February 2007
This brought back thoughts of how my granny (Jean Ross) was. It was good to see a photo of her like this again, smiling like she should be remembered.
Added by Christine Lobban on 10 February 2007
Christine - I'm so pleased this picture brought back some nice memories of your Granny, Jean Ross, for you. I think it's great that my mum, Fay Mackenzie, kept this newspaper cutting for all those years. She would have loved to have read your comment. This is a great site - as this is what it is all about - spreading a little happiness around through taking a trip down 'memory lane'.
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 11 February 2007
Nice to see some well kept faces here. Can someone tell me did Sandy have his shop in what had been Leslie's and then became RS McColls?? And did he have a sports shop at the rear of his papershop?? Or is my ancient mind playing tricks on me????
Anonymous comment added on 11 February 2007
The newspaper article accompanying this picture states: " ... This expansion of the former Newsagents and Fancy Goods business of H George which he (Sandy Wallace) acquired last November (1974) ..." and it then goes on to say " ... his expansion plans received a boost when the next door premises which housed Leslie's hairdressers became available ... ". The article is mainly advertising Sandy Wallaces new venture re this newly acquired premises.
"... the original plans for expansion were soon altered, when the premises between the Gift Shop and the Newsagents became available as a sort of bonus ... ". This became the new " ... Sport and Leisure Shop, supplying a wide range of equipment ... ".
Added by Heather Anderson (nee Booth) on 13 February 2007
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