11 November 2018We will remember them
Father Mel Langille led the service of remembance this morning at the Cromarty War Memorial to mark 100 years since the signing of the peace treaty ending World War One. He was assisted by young pipers Cody Benjamin and Findlay McNaught.
Wreaths were laid on behalf of the British Legion, Cromarty & District Community Council, churches and local service organisations. Individuals also went forward to lay their poppies on the steps of the memorial.
"At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them." (from 'Ode of Remembrance' by Laurence Binyon)
01 November 2018Backhaven and 'It's not over till the hairy man sings'
Those who have attended the Murder Mystery Plays during Cromarty's Crime & Thrillers weekends will recognise the character portrayed by writer Theo Seller and other locals of the fictitious Highland fishing village of Blackhaven. They now feature in a series of radio-style dramas as 20 minute podcasts. The first episode, 'It's not over till the hairy man sings' has just been released.
In addition to the podcasts, a complete backstory of the village can be found in the new Blackhaven website. Here you can meet the locals, read the latest news in the Blackhaven Gazette, check out suggestions of things to see and do in the village and find links to the podcasts. It can only be described as a tour de farce!
graphic: Rosie Newman
01 November 2018A smile and a shoebox
Cromarty Primary School children smile as they show off the shoe boxes they have prepared for the Blythswood 25th annual Shoe Box Appeal. They were collected from the school today by Pam Thompson who organises the group of 'shoe box ladies' who work throughout the year wrapping boxes and collecting (and knitting) the many items that are used to fill them.
This year 158 boxes from Cromarty will go to Romania where they will bring happiness to those in need. To find out more about the shoe box appeal, go to the Blythswood website and click on 'Appeal' to see a short animated video for children.
photo: Pam Thompson
27 October 2018Absolutely the end of summer
There can be no doubt about it - summer is over and we are rapidly moving through autumn to winter. Tonight the clocks go back at the end of British Summer Time. This morning we saw the arrival of the first chilly weather of the season with a flutter of snowflakes and a covering of snow on the bens.
This weekend the Met Office has issued a warning of snow and ice for parts of Scotland. Forecasters said that hail, sleet and snow showers would leave surfaces prone to patchy ice patches. Time to put the clocks back and get out the woolly hats and scarves!
06 October 2018Peeking on the neighbours - old and new
Gluren bij de Buren, "a celebration of the delightful homes and many talents to be found in Cromarty" proved popular as ever today. This year several new hosts welcomed guests into their homes to listen to performers of music, the spoken word and comedy. More time was allowed between sessions enabling visitors to treat themselves to three, or even four, free performances. Buren in de Hal continued the music into the evening with tunes from the Cromarty Ceilidh Band and a DJ set from Bill Alexander.
Photo: Piggery Spur (Mike, Phil and Greg)
23 September 2018Peace Group on the move again - to Faslane
Cromarty Peace Group was out in force at the 'Nae Nukes' demonstration at Faslane yesterday. They assembled at the Faslane Peace Camp and then joined the march to the North Gate of the base where they were welcomed by a range of international speakers as well as Scotland’s ‘poet laureate’ — the Makar, Jackie Kay.
Photo: Sandy Thomson
01 September 2018Cromarty Peace Group in 'pop up demo'
The Cromarty Peace Group and HANT (Highlands Against Nuclear Transport) participated in a 'Pop Up Demo / Flash Mob' at Inverness Station today to highlight the risks involved in the nuclear trains from Dounreay to Sellafield which pass through Inverness Station on a regular basis.
This demo follows an incident on 12 July 2018 which involved a train carrying nuclear waste running past a red signal near Kingussie at the same time that the Caledonian Sleeper was heading north.
Simon Evans of the Cromarty Peace Group commented, “We were very pleased to be involved in this joint event with HANT as we are aware of the concern about these transports and believe this demo will bring this issue to the attention of people who may have no idea that these transports are happening.“
Photo: Sandy Thomson