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Caithness Christmas 2004

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Happy New Year 2005 At Wick Street Party

Christmas Day In Caithness Like The Christmas Cards
These scenes from Bilbster near Wick and Lybster show what it was like on Christmas day all over the county.  since then a mixture of snow, sleat and rain with most of the snow disappearing very quickly in the day or so after Christmas.

Caithness.org Takes A Look In On Glasgow At Christmas

The shopping mecca in Scotland is still Glasgow with its numerous shopping malls old and new.  George Square is lit up and the shopping centres compete to have the best decorations.  Many of the streets around the centre are covered in lights and the ice skating in the square gets more popular each year with an even bigger rink set up for the holiday period this year.

UKAEA Children's Christmas Parties
Some three hundred children of UKAEA staff were recently entertained, in three separate age groups, in the Pentland Hotel, Thurso. The event was organised and supervised by Kirsten Johnson and a group of volunteers drawn from her colleagues at Dounreay. The cost of the events was met from the site director’s fund.  Each event featured the usual games, followed by loads of food. At the end, Santa took time out of his hectic seasonal schedule to pay a visit and handed over a gift to each child. A disco was an added attraction for the older age group.

Northern Nashville Country Music Club Christmas Parties
  The Northern Nashville Country Music Club held their annual Christmas bash at Thurso's Royal British Legion on both Friday and Saturday night's. Both events were as normal, a huge success. A surprise visit from Santa helped add festive spirit to the delight of the crowd. The well known local band Kate Bain and Candy played to rapturous applause before the James Quinn Band took centre stage.  James, who is the son of the ever popular Brendan Quinn played blistering sets including material from his new cd called "Beautiful Day". This is his first album of what is sure to be many more and features fourteen tracks. James, also accompanied by Brendan went down a treat, he's certainly not an act to miss and is bound to be back in the near future.

Lybster Pensioners Christmas Party
Around 130 folks sat down to an excellent meal on the evening and were entertained by a variety of artistes who gave freely of their time. Dance music was supplied by John Dunbar, songs sung by Ceilia MacDougall, dances came from Leona MacNab and Shirley Eyers provided the pipe music. Fancy dresser Andy Macrae was a hit when he went dancing with Gerry Henderson! A certain Mr S. Claus also appeared on the evening and distributed presents to all.

Caithness FM Toys Annual Appeal - Another Successful Year
This year's Caithness FM (our local radio station) toy appeal has been a tremendous success. CFM would like to thank all thier listeners who contributed and a special thanks to BT Global Services fundraisers who raised £600 which was split between 5 local charities, the toy appeal being one of them.  A special thanks also to the Dounreay charities Fund for once again contributing a great many toys to the appeal.  The toys will be delivered to the social work department in WIck by local contractors, G&A Barnie and the social workers will ensure that the toys are distributed in time for Christmas.  Caithness FM are delighted with this years response and hope that we will be able to organise more local collection points for next year to make it easier for listeners to make their donation.

Mother and Toddler Christmas Party
Baptist Church, Wick


14 December 04
Santa At Playbox Wick

11 December 04
Argyle Square, Wick - Fun Day

Biggest Hogmanay Party In The North
31 December 2004
The Wick H.A.P.P.Y. committee finalised arrangements for the big New Year Party in Market Square.  After last years cancellation due to bad weather fingers are crossed that it will all work out this time.  This will be the third big hogmanay street party the group have organised the first being at the millennium and then in 2002.
The entertainment this year includes  -
Local Bands  - Revolution, Communique
Scottish Band
Wick Pipe Band
Longest Strip The Willow
A stall will be serving hot and cold drinks, mince pies etc.
the party starts at 10.30pm and goes on until around 1.30am finishing with Auld Lang Syne
It is hope that Caithness.org and Doug Mackay will once again have a web cam in place looking in on the Market Square.

Carol Concert - Wick Old Parish Church 22 December

More Lights At Lybster

Putting Up Lybster Christmas Lights

Wick Fun Day For Christmas

Saturday 27 November 04
Wick Fun Day 2.00pm
Umbrella Parade Pipe Band and Santa Sleigh
From Wick Police Station at 1.15pm
Switching on Christmas Lights and Tree
Children from schools and elsewhere will parade with decorated umbrellas.  Younger children are welcome to join the parade with their own decorated umbrella's

Saturday 27 November 04
Thurso Fun Day

Saturday 20 November
Thurso Switch On Christmas Lights 4.15pm
St john's Square

South School, Wick
Christmas Fayre
Saturday 4th December 2004 11am - 1pm.

The children from Nursery to P7 are industriously producing superb quality craft items to be sold - beaded bracelets, Christmas cards and decorations, floral arrangements, placemats and coasters as well as local view notelets.
A whole school Enterprise project to raise money for school funds. We will be having a Santa's Grotto,Christmas Trees on sale in the carpark, school calendars can be purchased as well as time to be entertained by the choir and recorder group over a soup and sandwich lunch!

Saturday 11 December 04 2.00pm
Santa's Grotto Thrumster

The Emperor's New Kilt -
4, 6 ,7 , 8 December 2004 - Lyth Arts Centre
Based on Hans Christian Anderson's wonderful story of The Emperor's New Clothes.  Wee Stories present the Emperor's New Kilt, a festive musical comedy for all the family.  The story takes place on the extraordinary island of Kiltie, an island that lies far out on the horizon in the North of Scotland, an island that only clever people can see.  Kiltie is ruled by a very powerful man, and the entire island and everything on it is his empire (even the sheep and the wool on their backs): so he is the emperor, but because this is Scotland, everyone calls him the Laird!  The main day where seats are available is 4 December.  Other dates mostly have been pre-booked by local schools but it is worth checking for seats that may be available on other dates.  A sure seasonal hit.

Thurso Players Present Mother Goose
15, 16, 17, 18 December 2004 7.30pm
Matinee on Saturday
Thurso High School
Tickets from MacBeaths Jewellers, Traill St. Thurso

Wick Players  - Allo Allo
Assembly Rooms, Wick
!0, 11 and 13 December
Tickets on sale Moray Street Club Roms on 27 November 2.00 - 3.30pm and at Polteney News from 29 november 

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Wednesday 15 December 2004 Standard Parcels
Saturday 18 December 2004 Second Class
21 December 2004 First Class
Wednesday 22 December 2004 Special Delivery

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