Cromarty News

06 July 2017Two Queens pass in the Moray Firth

As the UK's largest-ever warship (seen faintly through the haze) anchors outside the Sutors in the Moray Firth, Cunard's liner the Queen Elizabeth sailed out of the Cromarty Firth this evening en route to Kirkwall.

HMS Queen Elizabeth, under construction at Rosyth since 2014, has commenced six weeks of sea trials off the coast of Scotland. More than 700 sailors and 200 industry contractors have sailed with the 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier on her maiden voyage.

The Queen Elizabeth with its 2000 passengers is on a 13-day British Isles cruise from Rotterdam to Edinburgh, Invergordon, Kirkwall, Greenock, Dublin and the Channel Islands.

See the two QEs sail past each other in the Moray Firth.

26 June 2017The Prince has landed

Just before lunch today HRH Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, arrived on the Links by "an exciting mode of transport" and was escorted to the Victoria Hall for refreshment and entertainment. His two-hour visit to the town included the unveiling of a plaque to mark the grand opening of the Cromarty Primary School extension, refurbished classrooms and hall. Parents and guests joined the children in singing as he left. Family friends and members of the wider community were then welcomed to look around the school.
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18 June 2017A floral welcome to Cromarty

It's all sunshine and flowers in Cromarty this weekend with the second 'Open Garden's event and the third exhibition of flowers and art in the East Church.

On Saturday and Sunday from 11.00am–4.00pm 30 'hidden gardens' in Cromarty are open to view. With a map obtained at The Hub (East Bellevue on Church Street), garden enthusiasts can walk through — or peer over walls or fences to view  — gardens of all sizes and styles from pocket corners to those almost an acre in size. Entry is by map (£3 for one day, £5 for both days).

Also this weekend, and continuing throughout the week is the 'Art and Flowers' exhibition in the East Church with botanical artwork by Julie Price and her pupils and flower displays by local arrangers under the direction of Evelyn Wilson. Entry is free, but donations are welcome.

09 June 2017And now, the results

The results of election in the Ross, Skye & Lochaber constituency are:

03 June 2017Cromarty-Nigg ferry back for the summer

The Renfrew Rose is back in operation for the summer, sporting a shiny red coat of paint reminiscent of previous Cromarty to Nigg ferries.

The Highland Ferries' vessel began its half-hourly service on 1 June and will run until 30 September. The ferry departs from Cromarty at 0800 and every 30 minutes until 1800. It departs from Nigg at 0815 and every 30 minutes until 1815.

Charges range from £5 for a cyclist's single ticket to a family return ticket (one car, two adults, three children) for £29.

30 May 2017Large crowd and lively debate at Cromarty Hustings

The Cromarty Peace Group hosted a General Election Hustings Meeting this evening in the Victoria Hall with all four candidates of the major parties in attendance: Ian Blackford (Scottish National Party), Jean Davis (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Robert Mackenzie (Scottish Conservative and Unionist) and Peadar O'Donnghaile (Scottish Labour). The Very Rev Alan McDonald chaired the meeting with a firm hand and light touch of humour as candidates responded to questions from the audience on such diverse topics as nuclear weapons, centralisation, youth opportunities, Brexit, fracking and ship to ship oil transfer.

26 May 2017Ship to ship oil transfer issue raised at General Assembly

Cromarty resident and former Moderator of the General Assembly, the Very Rev Dr Alan McDonald, raised concerns about proposed ship-to-ship crude oil transfers in the inner Moray Firth at the Church of Scotland meetings in Edinburgh this week. His motion against such transfers was backed by the Assembly and the Church and Society Council.

Mr McDonald said Christians have a “duty of care” to look after the planet. “I am persuaded that the caring way to transfer oil around our precious coastline is with a ship, securely tied up beside a jetty and not between two ships out at sea.”

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07 May 2017Another successful Crime & Thrillers Weekend comes to an end

Cromarty Art Trust's fifth Crime & Thrillers Weekend concluded this afternoon with an informal panel discussion amongst the four authors (L to R) Ian Rankin, Sara Sheridan, Douglas Lindsay and Tom Wood. Saturday's presentations by three crime fiction writers contrasted with today's talks about real-life crime introduced by Simon Gunn and Mary Peteranna ('Rosemarkie Man: Murder in the Caves') and Tom Wood ("Ruxton to The World's End — Fifty Years of Murder').

The weekend also included a Murder Mystery Dinner in Cromarty House on Thursday and Friday and Saturday Night at the Movies (Dial 'M' for Murder) in the Victoria Hall.

06 May 2017Ward 9 Council election results

The three winners of the Highland Council election Ward 9 (Black Isle) on Thursday, 4 May were:

Craig Fraser, SNP (incumbent): 1,234
Gordon Adam, Liberal Democrat: 919
Jennifer Barclay, Independent (incumbent): 742

Turnout: 54.9%

03 May 2017Scottish Parliament debate continues

Cromarty Rising and friends headed to Holyrood again on Tuesday for another public demonstration. We were delighted to receive support again from Ian Rankin and the petition site 38 Degrees. The main purpose of our trip was to attend the debate in Parliament on STS oil transfers in the Moray Firth, which you can watch in full it here at http://www.scottishparliament.tv. All speakers paid compliment to Cromarty Rising's determined and sustained efforts throughout the past 18 months. We noticed a representative from the CFPA in attendance in the public gallery and hope they will pay close attention to the points raised in the Scottish Parliament.

Text: Mary Bowers

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