News Archive - November 2002

Wick And Thurso Get Caithness Christmas Going

Caithness Shops At Christmas

Christmas Music In Caithness

Santa Early

Caithness Coast Near Old Wick

Home Zone Plans - Consultation
Proposed plans for the pilot Home Zone project for Ormlie are currently on display in Cormacks Shop, Provost Sinclair Road. The display is part of the on-going consultation between residents and Ormlie Community Association and gives an idea of how the estate could be changed into a Home Zone area.
the plans are for discussions purposes and we urge residents to go along to Cormack's shop and have a look at them.

Harbour Walls At Low Tide In Wick On Friday

Caithness Civic Awards
Five special Caithness folk were selected from the people nominated by the public for their contributions to the county over the years.  From five finalists Andy Anderson was selected as this years winner.

Scrabster Pier Development - Latest

Castle Pictures - Further Examples Of How Andrew Spratt Does It
Here are a few more examples of castle paintings as work in progress from Andrew Spratt who has supplied all of our reconstructions.  If you have not seen the section before Start Here

Sunset Just Outside Thurso At 3.30pm Today

Lidl - New supermarket In Wick Latest Pictures

Relentless Damage At Wick Harbour - Today's Pictures

Captain's Galley Christmas Menus
The newest restaurant in Caithness is roaring ahead with its Christmas fare.  Check out the menus for December, Christmas day and Parties.

Broadband - Latest Sign Up Figures
Going Up Slowly.  The numbers signing up as interested in Broadband are -
Wick 66 and Thurso 106  Have you signed up yet?  Many more needed if Caithness is to get the exchanges upgraded.  If you know someone who might want Broadband make sure they get their interest recorded or Caithness will be on the list for ever.

Communities and organisations in Caithness and Sutherland, Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, Nairn and rural Inverness areas are invited to apply for funding now available through the European Union, North Leader Plus Programme.

Wick Christmas Fun Day
Saturday 30 November 2.00 - 5.00pm Market Square, Wick - Pipe Band, Salvation Army Band, Stalls.  Christmas Lights Switch On 4.00pm

Dunnet Head From The Air

Dunnet Village

Papa Westray, Orkney
The tiny island of Papa Westray sits next to Westray and has the shortest scheduled regular flights in the UK as it takes only about one minute from take off to landing from island to island. 

Westray, Orkney
Another Orkney island from the air.

Wind Power Coming To Caithness
The Planning Development Europe and Tourism Committee has granted planning permission to National Wind Power and Innes Miller for 27 wind turbine generators with a capacity of 48 megawatts at Causeymire, Achkeepster Farm, Watten, Caithness. 

School Exam Results
Links to the statistical tables at the Scottish Executive.

E Books List Added To Educational Resources Links

AEA Technology (AEAT), the science and engineering company that is part owner of the Battery Factory In Thurso has announced plans to open a £3 million Technology Centre in Scotland with immediate plans for 96 jobs and the potential for up to 300 jobs over the next 5 years.

Three highlands and islands research projects to share £150,000 innovation prize The three winners in a major business research competition have been confirmed as Biolitec Pharma on the Isle of Lewis, Map Maker Ltd in Argyll, and the Agronomy Research Institute in Orkney. They will now share a £150,000 prize to help turn their projects into reality.

Noss Head Tree Planting
Members from the Caithness Countryside Volunteers, Caithness Critters, 1st Wick Scouts and other hardy local volunteers turned out in force on Sunday the 24th to take part in a tree planting and habitat enhancement scheme at Noss Head.

Noss Head From The Land Side

Another small Caithness village with a harbour and now disused lifeboat shed built in the days before boats acquired powerful engines.

Castletown Junior Football Club Prizes
Castletown Junior Football Club held their annual presentation disco at the weekend.  Here are the main prize-winners pictured with Castletown FC manager Jocky Begg, who presented the prizes.

Horses At Watten

Back To Lairg, Sutherland
A few more from our earlier trip to Lairg a small town set in one of great areas of Sutherland beside Loch Shin.  Take a trip to Shin Falls and see the visitor centre recently taken over and being expanded by Mr Al Fayed of Harrods fame.

Noss Lighthouse From The Sea

Sea Picking Away Latest Collapse At Wick Harbour
The hole at the Old Dry dock may not look much bigger but there appears to be more material being taken out from inside.  how long before the corner finally gives way is anyone's guess.  That part of the structure may not give any immediate cause for concern but it emphasises that major repair work is long overdue.

New Staxigoe Gallery
New pictures of Staxigoe taken this afternoon.

The Highland Council is to seek European funding to host an international seminar next year to formulate a policy that protects the most vulnerable countries from the threat of a major spillage from oil tankers.  The environmental damage caused by the sinking of the tanker, Prestige, off the North Spain coast together with a recent incident off Skye when a nuclear submarine was damaged when it hit the seabed.

The decommissioning of the Dounreay nuclear plant is to be highlighted to Orkney companies as a multi billion pound business opportunity.

How Castlehill Traill Came To Be

Old Dry Dock At Wick Sustains Major Damage
The corner of the Old Dry dock at Wick harbour is collapsing under the constant pounding of the last two weeks.  A large section has collapsed and the corner is ready to give way.  More severe weather is forecast.

Wick Lifeboat Runs The Waves Back To Wick After Two Days At JOG
The Wick Lifeboat confidently rode the waves and heavy seas back into the harbour today after spending two days at John O'Groats after launching in very heavy seas on Friday in case they were needed as a British Airways plane made an emergency landing at Wick after an engine failed.  They made it safely into the narrow entrance with wave rolling in front an behind,  They picked up some seaweed as they cleared the entrance into the harbour but no damage.

Raigmore Hospital, Inverness
Raigmore Hospital, Inverness is largest medical facility in the region and is part of Highland Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.  These pictures were taken on Friday in sunny Inverness.  Many Caithness and Sutherland folk travel over100 miles for treatment to this hospital.

Emergency Landing At Wick For British Airways Plane
This plane landed safely on one engine after and an alert was put out that one of the engines had failed.  The plane on route from Orkney to Inverness landed at Wick on Friday.  The Wick lifeboat put to sea in the bad weather in case it might be needed if the plane was forced to ditch in the sea.  The lifeboat was unable to get back into Wick harbour and went round the coast to John O'Groats.

Mike's Contemplations
Mike Clark thinks its too early for seed catalogues but you can join him in contemplating what might be needing done as he recalls some garden visits and gives a few hints on the state of Highland coffee.

Thurso Kids Help Santa's Grotto With Their Pictures
Thurso school children are helping Santa's Grotto get the word out with their pictures this year.  If any other children want to add their Christmas pictures to the new gallery just email them to us.

More From Castletown School Trip To The Rugby At Murrayfield Edinburgh

Westerdale - Late Afternoon

CAITHNESS VOICES - Last Few Days To Have Your Say On Health
There is still time for anyone who has a view on health services to complete a questionnaire and return it before the closing date of 30th November.

North Shore Pottery Christmas Sale Starts 30 November
Something original and unique from North Shore Pottery - Salt fired and Raku Pottery.  Or why not try making your own at one of Jenny's Festive workshops on Friday 6 and Tuesday 17 December. 

Old Post Office Gets Gutted
Work is finally underway for the new Wetherspoon Pub and Restaurant to be situated in the Old Post office building in Market Square, Wick.  It's bigger than you think and rumour has it that it may be ready by February or March 2003.

Machinery At Spittal Quarry
Some of the machinery that moves the tons of flagstone around in the quarry

Flotta, Orkney
Flotta from the air.  Another Orkney island which has been an oil terminal for many years storing North Sea oil.

More Kirkwall From The Air
Another angle on Kirkwall from the air with a picture added to the gallery and blown up for closer viewing in sections.  There are many more to come n this section on Kirkwall.

Wick Harbour Lashed Again Today In Another Big Storm

Making Journeys - Textile Exhibition
St Fergus Gallery 16 November - 20 December

Great Fun On Castletown School Trip To Murrayfield, Edinburgh
The Castletown kids had a great trip to see Scotland beat Romania at the rugby.  All that and fireworks display thrown in.

Dounreay Staff Raise Over £2000 For Children In Need

Farmers Mart Report From A & N
Latest report from Aberdeen and Northern Marts plus dates of some December sales.

Second Homes Discount May End Soon In Highland
6000 second home owners in Highland may pay an extra £3million in council taxes when council tax discount ends.

Lupus Support Group Fundraiser A Big Success
The hall was packed to the door at the Royal British Legion for the first ever fundraising dance for the Caithness Lupus Support Group. Everyone was in high spirits as they danced the night away to the superb Kate Bain Band.   However Kate and her band were not the only star attraction for the evening, the venue also played host to an appearance by special guest chef Monsieur Le Plonk.  A grand total was £2051.88 was raised.

Mairi Nicolson Returns To Antarctic Via The Falkland Islands
Mairi Nicolson from Wick is back after six months to work in Antarctic.  She has gone back after a stopover in the Falkland Islands.  Here she tells us what she has seen and sends a few pictures.....

Disco For Primary Kids In Thurso
1st Thurso Scout Group is organising a disco for primary school age children which is to be held on the 7th of December (Saturday) in the Scout hall on the Riverside.
Primary 1 - 3 = 6.30pm until 7.45pm (games organised) Primary 4 - 7 = 8.00pm until 10pm
Entry is £1 and sweets, hotdogs and juice is on sale

Operation Freshman Remembrance Ceremony At Skitten
The bad weather in Caithness did not prevent the remembrance ceremonies today at Skitten.  A large crowd with members of the families of the men who died in Operation Freshman that left from Skitten 60 years ago in an abortive attempt to destroy the German Heavy Water plant in Norway and stop Germany developing its own atomic bomb.  The Norwegians were later to succeed and the whole affair became the subject of a film "The Heroes Of Telemark".  Several tributes were paid at a lunch in Assembly Rooms Wick including one by the Norwegian Consul who had travelled from Edinburgh.

New Chat Room - Requires Everyone To Re-register
A new chat room has been set up to replace the older version.  This will require everyone to re-register.

Eezymove - Another Scorrie Web Site

Dunbar Hospital - Latest On The Crisis
A meeting on Saturday 16th November 2002 in Thurso heard that the Dunbar Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department would re-open on 1st February 2003.   By 2004 the hospital would be back to treating 75% of the patients but it will take another £300,000 every year to return to a full service and the Trust does not have this money.

Lidl Supermarket Development Forging Ahead In Wick

Christmas Events Pouring In
The run up to Christmas is already stacking up with events - fayres, Santas Grottos and pantomimes.  If your group has an event for the Christmas period send us the details and we will add it to the page.  The page is FREE so the sooner you get it in the better.

Home Composting Boost for Sutherland and Caithness
Local recycling organisation SCRAP are building on the success of their home composting scheme, which has already seen over 700 composting bins taken up in the last year.  Paul Castle, for SCRAP, says they now have a new supply of composting bins, and these are available at the subsidised price of £5 each.

Flood Alleviation Review
Highland Council looking at options for dealing with flooding after the problems of the last week.

Thurso Live Music Association - Douglas Boyd, Oboe – Susan Tomes, Piano
Tuesday 26 November 8.00pm  Two leading Scottish artists of their generation have formed an outstanding duo and will perform music by Schuman, Dorati and Britten.  They have received outstanding reviews from the Bath Festival, Mayfest and their concert series in Italy.

Just before the October school holidays elections were held in every secondary school in the Highlands to appoint 70 young people onto Highland Youth Voice - the parliament for young people in the Highlands.  The successfully elected representatives will be meeting up for the first time this weekend in Drumnadrochit to elect an executive committee

Green Award For Essential Spirit
Sutherland woman, Marina Heasman is celebrating winning a prestigious 'green' award with her natural soap and aromatherapy products business.  Essential Spirit has won the regional small business category in the VIBES.  The aim of Essential Spirit is to create, from start to finish, a handcrafted natural luxury soap, infused with energy and using fair-trade resources and recycled packaging.

Pentland Skierries

Orkney From The Air
With thanks to our flying photographer we start a new section on Orkney from the air kicking off with Kirkwall the main town.  If the places you know are not in yet then check back at a later date as we have many more of Kirkwall to come.  As we will be adding many more Orkney pictures a new Orkney index page has been set up.  It's easy to find at

The Christmas Show  Monday 2nd December Tuesday 3rd December In Thurso High School - at 7.00pm Tickets - £2.00/Adult ; £1.00/Child & OAP "Elizabeth's" or telephone Sheenagh on 01847 894751 “A colourful display of gymnastics and dance set to music, with a cast of over 100 Caithness gymnasts”

Langwell Strath Walk With Caithness Field Club

Caithness Kidney Dialysis Support Group AGM Report
Group Staggered As Donations Soar.  Chairman Robert Doull on behalf of the committee said he was "staggered" by the generosity of people. The group received donations of over £22, 000 in one year of which £15,000 has been given to the new Renal Unit in Caithness General Hospital to purchase equipment.. The Chairman thanked the public for their enormous support and the Committee members for their commitment over the past year.  Amongst other items it was reported that a dance will be held Saturday 18th January 2003.

Marie Curie Cancer Care - Daffodil Campaign Volunteers Wanted
Saturday 8 March 2003 If you can spare a few hours on that day to help with collections at supermarkets or collecting boxes then you  should contact the organiser Jemma Joyce.

Field Club At Langwell
Before heading into the forest the Field Club members took a short walk along the old coach road on the coast

Prince Henry St Clair Preceptory Heralds Return of Knights Templar To Caithness

Unemployment Down Again In The North
The number of unemployed in Caithness and Sutherland fell from 797 last month to 752. The revised unemployment rates in the Sutherland, Wick and Thurso ‘Travel to Work Areas’ respectively are as follows (corresponding figures for last month are shown in brackets) 5.2% (5.4%), 4.8% (5.3%) and 2.8% (3.0%).

Finance for Business Grant Aids Dairy Move
Claymore Dairies Ltd, Wick, were awarded assistance of £5,300 towards plant and equipment costs relating to their relocation from their former premises in Station Road to the Airport Industrial Estate.

Blytheswood Christmas Shoebox Appeal Well On Its Way
Children representing Bower Primary School and Castletown, Dunnet, Murkle and the surrounding areas, gathered at Olrig Free Church to help transport one hundred shoeboxes to the Blythswood Care lorry, which was up on its monthly visit to Caithness.

Children In Need Day At South School, Wick Today

A partnership of engineering firms from Caithness scooped a top training award last night at the 15th National Training Awards, which took place at the Glasgow Hilton.  Overall winner in the Partnership Category was the Caithness Engineering Training Consortium, comprising Subsea 7 (UK), JGC Engineering and Technical Services Ltd, and D Gow and Sons.

The Sun Gets Closer To The Highlands
A major new series of holiday flights to the sun from Inverness Airport and the first ever charter flight from Stornoway were announced today. (Friday November 15) This tremendous boost for holidaymakers in the Highlands and Islands comes courtesy of tour operator Transun and follows the huge success of the enterprising company’s recent spring, summer and autumn programmes at Inverness Airport.

Caithness SWRI Celebrates 80 Years
The 80 years cake was cut by a lady who has been a member of the Scottish Women's Rural Institute in Caithness for nearly 70 years.  Caithnessians have staying power.  The dinner was held in the Waterfront, Wick.

More Views Of Thurso From The Air
Main Thurso Aerial Index

More Aerial Thurso

Main Caithness Aerial Index

No entries yet from Caithness And Sutherland
The organisers of the challenge have had entries from all over the Highlands and Islands including Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles but none from Caithness or Sutherland.  The closing date has been extended until 22 November to allow any late entrants to get an idea in.  The initial idea need not be long and several entries in already are just a few sentences.

Wildcat Traditional Music Association
8.00pm Fri 22nd November
Presents Jim Reid 'one of the great stalwarts of the Scottish folk scene' & Sally Edwards and Katrina Scott 'Caithness Singing Sensations'  In the Large Lounge, Pentland Hotel, Thurso.  Members: Free, Members 1st Guest: Free, Non members: £8, Senior Citizens: £2-50 Accompanied under fourteens: Free.

Police Station Progress In Wick
Wick's new police station is moving fast now as a myriad of contractors are now on site.  Everything from painters, electricians, pipe-fitters, joiners and air conditioning.  The station opposite is lined with vans every day as the deadline for completion approaches.

Papigoe Pictures
Papigoe just outside Wick on the road to Staxigoe was once a place where sailing ships picked up pilots to guide them through the dangerous waters of the Pentland Firth.

New parents in Highland are being encouraged to start playing early, through the play @ home programme.  From August, every baby born in the Highlands has received a copy of the play @ home baby book, which gives ideas for exercises that help physical development.

Caithness Livestock Centre - Aberdeen & Northern Marts Special Sale
Sale of 25 cattle and 1180 sheep at their special sale at Quoybrae.

Come Over The Ord
This new video available in local shops and direct from Ross Records is sure to be a big hit this Christmas.  Produced by former Wicker Gibson Ross who now runs his own music and video company.  Taking part in the video are Wick RBLS Scotland Pipe Band led by Pipe Major Bobby Coghill who also features prominently playing fiddle, accordion and the pipes on various tracks as well as with The North Highland Fiddlers.  Bobby’s son Bryan, as well as playing the accordion, also sings the song that gives the video its title “Come Over The Ord” written by Wick man Donald Sutherland.

Caithness Firemen Will Stay On Call During Firemen's Strike that Begins at 6.00pm
Caithness like most of the Highlands has a retained service - that is manned by part-time firemen who have other full-time employment and are on call for emergencies.  The Retained Fire-fighters Union is against the current strikes that are starting tonight at 6.00pm after several days of cancellations as talks were held.

The Highland Council today (Wednesday) gave a total commitment to delivering the Scottish Executive's policy of Free Personal and Nursing Care for older people.  This was the message that from members of the Council's Housing and Social Work Committee, when they dismissed any suggestion that budget pressures experienced during the first four months of the scheme would result in the introduction of a waiting list for free care for lower priority requests.

Caithness.Org Christmas Pages
Calling Voluntary Groups to get their ads in the pages FREE.  Let us know about your events, shows, grottos lights and so on.  It's all free to charities so just email us about your events and we will do the rest.  Send us pictures or let us know and we might manage to get along and take a few.   We are always open to new ideas so just send them in.

An investigation is underway after the discovery of radioactive contamination in a waste handling plant at Dounreay on 12th November 2002.  Routine self-monitoring carried out by an operative revealed contamination to his protective footwear. Follow-up investigations revealed detectable radioactivity on the protective footwear of an additional twenty persons. Monitoring of all staff in the facility revealed that two had detectable radioactivity on their hands, one of whom also had detectable radioactivity on his face.

Relentless Sea At North Pier
The  work at North Pier, Wick is already being undone by the sea.  The hardcore put in a few days ago by council workers as a temporary measure has been partly washed out by the sea before the concrete could be put on top.  Bad weather has once again been the culprit.  Property owners in the lower areas round the harbour area are at risk if the pier wall were to collapse and the outer harbour took the full brunt of a bad storm.

Proposed Neil Gunn Readers Group
If you are interested in the works of Neil Gunn or in beginning to read the books and discuss them from time to time then get in touch with the organisers of this proposed group. 

Environmental Health officers of The Highland Council are warning both the licensed trade and the public to be vigilant when buying alcohol over the Christmas period.  They warn there have been recent instances of counterfeit alcohol being sold, which contains potentially poisonous substances, and strongly advise that purchases should be made only from recognised sources.

The Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise are gearing up to work with the Scottish Executive to organise a Scottish Year of Highland Culture in 2006.  The agencies have been given the go ahead by First Minister Jack McConnell to form a taskforce to progress plans for celebrating a renaissance of Highland culture.  2006 was being set as a target to coincide with the opening of a £6.5 million extension to Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.  Bid patron, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, the world famous musical producer, is also aiming to premier a new musical at the opening of the theatre extension.

Royal Mail, Green Road, Wick

Coal Delivery And Council Maintenance Yard - Green Road

Slaughter House, Green Road, Wick

Oldfield Farm, Thurso From The Air

Strathy Cemetery

Gas Works In Caithness

Naver House, Thurso

Burnett Place, Thurso From The Air

Naver Road, Thurso

Dale Road, Thurso

Gardening And Birds By Mike Clark
Forget the fruit and sit back with Mike enjoying his Elderberry wine and musing on feeding the birds in winter.

Langwell Crescent, Wick

Murkle Terrace

Harald Drive

Seaforth Place

Seaforth Road, Thurso

Towerhill Road, Thurso

Clarty Arties Group
The group will begin again at Miller Academy Art Room, with a “Come and Try” evening, on Tuesday 19th Nov, between 6.30-8.30pm, for those interested in joining.  There is no tuition involved, although local artists do sometimes attend, to provide inspiration. The parents of children who become involved will be expected to help on a rota basis.

Piping And Chanter Competitions - Wick RBLS Pipe Band
Saturday 16 November 10.00am Pipe Band Hall, Wick - Entry forms from Band.  Spectators welcome.

Seals Back In Thurso River
The seals were enjoying a restful afternoon on one of the small islands in the Thurso river.  They were unperturbed by the gathering for the Remembrance Sunday parade opposite them.  Only time till tell if they are back for another long spell or if they will be gone by spring when the river authorities may try again to move them on.

Seal Watch Walk With Highland Rangers
Sunday 17th November Start time 10.30am. at Skirza Pier.
A walk from Skirza Pier to John O Groats. The sights and sounds of seals some of whom will be pupping at this time of year. This walk can be boggy in parts. During the walk (or in a cosy café afterwards) we will hear and exchange some Selkie tales.  Distance 10-11km. Approx
See part of this walk from Skirza to Duncansby done in April 2002

A Foot in the Door - Advice on Buying at Home
Highland householders are being offered help and advice so they can make the right choices when buying goods and services from home or when approached on the doorstep. The offer comes from The Highland Council, whose Trading Standards Officers are focusing on the pitfalls of buying at home during National Consumer Week, which begins Monday 11 November 2002.

Stroma Road, Thurso

Remembrance Sunday, Thurso

Remembrance Sunday, Wick

Northfield Avenue, Wick

Mowat Place, Wick

Sandigoe Drive, Wick

Scalesburn, Wick

Working Dawn To Dusk To Fill In The Hole In North Pier

Small Boats Lifted Out Of Harbour For Winter At Wick

Highland Council Funds Temporary Repairs Work At North Pier, Wick

The Dunbar Hospital And NHS Dentistry In Caithness
A Statement by Highland NHS Primary Care Trust and Caithness Local Health Care Co-operative following recent meetings.

Rather than "footering with bureaucracy", the Scottish Executive should tackle homelessness by making more money available for affordable housing, especially in rural areas, such as the Highlands. This is the view of Councillor Garry Coutts, Chairman of The Highland Council’s Housing and Social Work Committee, who questions whether the Homelessness Etc (Scotland) Bill 2002 will meet its objectives.

Murals At Ormlie, Thurso
Youngsters at Ormlie Community Association have plenty of handiwork on show.

Ormlie Drive, Thurso

Farmacres, Thurso
Another set of new houses that had there street name unveiled this week by Mrs Elizabeth MacDonald who was brought up on Ormlie Farm where the houses are now sited.  The houses are owned by Pentland Housing Association.

A Creel Boat At Scrabster
After the recent storm it was back to work for the small creel boats round the Caithness coast.  This small traditional style boat was working just out of Scrabster harbour near the new pier.

Dunbeath Village Hall
Here is Dunbeath Village Hall as seen from the hillside opposite.  The view point is just down the road from the Dunbeath Heritage Centre from where you can see several features mentioned in Neil Gunn's novels.  The field in front is also the site of the annual Dunbeath Highland Games -  one of four Highland Games held in Caithness each year.

Keiss Beach Broch
On a recent outing to a few castles the Caithness Field Club stopped briefly to look at the beach broch at Keiss.  An unusual feature is the double entrances similar to the broch next to Keiss cemetery.  No signposts but they are easy to find.

New Scrabster Pier Stretching Out In The Sunshine Today

Holborn Head Lighthouse Today
A superb day in Caithness could really be seen out at Scrabster today.  the weather was completely different to a few days ago when the sky was cloudy and damp.  At Holborn light a great vantage point overlooking Thurso Bay and the new pier it was almost like summer.

Pennyland Primary 40th Anniversary Celebrations
The school invite all pupils, staff and parents (past and present) to join them at an Open Evening at the school on Saturday 7th December, from 6.30pm onwards, for a nostalgic evening and refreshments!  Any photographs, relevant information or memorabelia would be most welcome for display purposes.   All Welcome.

Kirkhill, Wick

North Pier Damage From Storm
The North Pier at Wick Harbour sustained considerable damage that can be seen from the very large hole that was opened up during the big storm.  What is not so certain is how much damage is unseen along the length of the pier.

New Flights Inverness To Manchester
A true taste of the Scottish Highlands was delivered to the heart of Manchester Monday 4 November when Eastern Airways launched its new direct route from Inverness.  A fresh salmon winged its way south on the inaugural flight from Inverness for a special meal at the award-winning Le Mont restaurant – Manchester’s first elevated restaurant.

On Monday the chief Constable of Highland constabulary Ian Latimer made a public statement on crime generally in the Highlands and in particular relating to enquiries relating to the deaths of Kevin McLeod of Wick nearly six years ago and Kevin Gillies in Skye in December 1999.
A programme on TV tonight on BBC Scotland Frontline Scotland at 10.35pm will examine the police role surrounding the death of Kevin McLeod.

Everley Broch 2002 Pictures
The only broch in Caithness to be excavated for many years is at Everley.  The team from Edinburgh are returning each year in August.  Some pictures we took this year are now in.  The site will be opened up again in August 2003 if you want a look for yourself.

Wick Harbour Area Took A Battering In High Tides Last Night - Shore Wall Breaks Up
Sunday night (3 November and into the early hours of the 4 November 2002) saw Wick harbour take one of the worst battering for many years.  The full effect was seen in the flooding all round the harbour when the sea was pushing in with a combination of wind and tide.

Victoria Place, Wick

Telford Street, Wick

Saltoun Street, Wick

Fly Tying For Winter
Hey fishing may be over for the season but if you want to join a few others and find out about how to improve your catch on the rivers and lochs next year then check out this new fly tying set up starting on Tuesday 5 November in community Education in Thurso.  Laid back sessions with the odd talk thrown in.

Couple Back To Caithness For Thurso Wedding
Allison Calder and Ian Stewart both from Thurso and now living in Edinburgh were married at St Peters Church, Thurso, on Saturday 2 November 2002.  Follow the link to John Baikie's new photo web site for more pictures of the wedding.

New Gardening Section With Mike Clark
We all know how tricky gardening can be in the far north so we are glad to welcome Mike Clark a self employed gardener in Caithness to our pages.  Mike Clark likes to write articles on all things Scottish and all things horticultural, and from time to time dips into the world of humorous fiction.   Look out for his items that will appear from time to time and email him the odd question if you have any tricky gardening probs.

Queen's Square, Wick

Hospital Road, Wick
These pictures were taken in September.  The ground in the field opposite the houses is the site of the new LIDL supermarket.  The site is rapidly being prepared for construction.  Watch progress on the Lidl Pages

Robertson Square, Wick

Hood Street, Wick

Seaforth Avenue, Wick

West Banks Avenue, Wick

Wick High School

Halloween At South School, Wick

Poetry Book "Colours Of Grief" Launched In Wick
Angus Calder launched his latest volume of poetry "Colours of Grief" in Wick on 31 October 2002.  After reading some of his latest poems Angus signed copies of the book for those who had gathered in the Breadalbane Hotel.  His works have appeared in numerous literary publications including Chapman, Edinburgh Review, Fife Lines, Gaelforce 2001, Herald, North Words, Poetry Scotland, Scottish Poetry Library and Caithness based Scotia Review.

Fire At Norseman Hotel, Wick
About 01:25 hours on Friday 1 November, 2002, Highlands and Islands Fire Brigade were requested to attend at the Norseman Hotel, Riverside, Wick following a fire breaking out in the kitchen of the hotel.  All 14 guests and one member of staff had safely left the premises prior to the Fire Brigade arrival. Ambulance staff also attended as a precaution.  The fire was confined to the kitchen and the roof area immediately above and was extinguished by HIFB.

Wick Girls Group Halloween

Come Over The Ord - New Video
A new video has just been released today by Ross Records called "Come Over the Ord", it features traditional Scottish music performed by Caithness artists and lovely Caithness scenery.

Music Workshops In The Wick Area March 2003
Fiddle - Accordion - Guitar.  Would you be interested in workshops run by some of Scotland's best musicians?  A day of workshops is being planned in the Wick area in March 2003.  Contact the organisers soon.

New Sewage Works At Wick Ahead Of Schedule
Completion is set for June 2003 when trials and tests will begin running to October when the treatment works will be handed over to Scottish Water.  The Wick treatment works is just one of many being constructed around Scotland to bring water outfalls up to stringent standards for waste discharges.  Another new treatment works will begin for Thurso in 2003.

Dunbeath School Children Walk For Christmas Lights In Dunbeath
The children at Dunbeath Primary gave the Christmas lights committee a boost by taking part in a sponsored walk to raise funds.

1975 Wick High Reunion
List of folk being contacted and another list of people the organisers have yet to find.  If you have contact details for any of the missing folk get in touch with the reunion organisers.

Visitor Numbers Up Again In October
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