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Jean Young and Jimmy Mallaig - c1980
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Jean Young and Jimmy Mallaig - c1980

After a superficial injury to his head, Jimmy Mallaig had to wear a 'turban' of bandages around his head, which attracted a lot of comment. He decided to brighten it up a bit with a sheriff's star, and soon visitors to the town would have their photos taken with him and buy him drinks. He started wearing more and more outrageous items, even when he no longer needed the bandages, and the drinks and complements kept flowing.

Although to many visitors he must have seemed like a quaint 'local yokel', he had his head screwed on, and was a shrewd and interesting character.
Picture added on 03 February 2004
On my school holidays in Cromarty With Evan the Post & Ena a few of us kids used to get a loan of Jimmy's boat to go fishing just as far as in front of Bayview. I was saddened to hear of his death. Yea! He was a character. Thats for sure.
Added by Patrick Swanson on 04 March 2004
I remember Jimmy Mallaig. He used to give us kids sweeties, so we were always dead excited when we saw him coming along the street! I was sorry to hear that he died quite recently.
Added by Kirsten Garratt on 04 March 2004
There's something not right about that smile of my mother's but I'm not brave enough to say but if you have the guts ask her and see what she says.
Added by Ronald Young on 25 April 2004
Teeth Maybe!!
Added by Paul Shepherd on 25 September 2004
Is this the same Jean Mackay (Young) that used to work in Eva and Johnnie's Shop in High Street ..many moons ago ??
Added by John Macdonald on 21 November 2004
Yip John thats the same Jean, (my Mam).
Added by Ronald Young on 24 November 2004
Please give her my regards Ronald ...also of course I remember Jimmy Mallaig ...he certainly brought some life into the old town !!!
Added by John Macdonald on 25 November 2004
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