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By Ali Morrison

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From the newspaper of February 12, 1999

A FAMILIAR landmark on the shores of Loch Fleet at Littleferry for 85 years, the wreck of the Zulu-class fishing boat the Violet of Nairn, is no more. It was blown across the bar at the loch entrance by storm-force winds on an exceptionally hide tide in darkness this week. The dismembered hulk may yet be a danger to shipping if lying water-logged in the Moray Firth. Coastguards have alerted fishing boats skippers and the masters of other vessels to the potential danger.

Rogart Nursery Sheepdog Trials – the first event of its kind in the Highlands – celebrated its 30th anniversary this week. The first trials were held at West Kinnauld in January 1969 with the help of the late George Murray, Davoch, the late John Mackay, Corry, and the late Alla Mackay, Braegrudie.

The monthly news magazine for north-west Sutherland, Am Bratach, has been named Community Newspaper of the Year in the Highland Media Awards.


From the newspaper of February 15, 1974

The edition of February 15, 1974.
The edition of February 15, 1974.

The county planning committee are meeting shortly in Brora to discuss the siting of the public convenience at Gower Street/Johnstone Place car park. The local district council committee want to be there too, when the site is visited. There is a great deal of controversy regarding the location of the toilets and they do not wish a repeat performance of the Golf Road 'loos', which when partly completed, had to be dismantled.

Dornoch town councillors have had talks with the developer who wants to provide a sailing school and dinghy hire service on the local beach. He would need a runway to the compound for his dinghies, he said. And he wanted an assurance that he would be permitted to operate the sailing school for a period of from five to eight years. It was agreed to accept his proposals and charge him rent for the site.

The lobster fishermen at Skerray and Tarbet are to get hand operated winches from Sutherland County Council.


From the newspaper of February 14, 1924

The edition of February 14, 1924.
The edition of February 14, 1924.

Organised and carried through by Helmsdale United Football Club, a grand concert and dance on behalf of Kildonan War Memorial Fund was held within the Drill Hall, Helmsdale, on Frdiay evening. The event proved successful beyond expectations, the hall being packed to the door. Captain A. R. MacLeod occupied the chair and in his opening remarks dealt with the United F.C.'s career, pointing out that it was not the club's fault that they had not as yet brought any trophy to the parish. The club still persevered and he hoped the day was not far distant when they would have the honour of taking home at least one of the football trophies.

He complimented the club on their enterprise in aid of the War Memorial Fund. the Memorial was an object worthy of all the support they were able to give. The Memorial was a lasting tribute to the gallant lads from the parish who made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War. He hoped the Memorial would soon be unveiled, but the drawback was, of course, the delay in getting the clock.

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