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Aerial shot of the School - c1950???
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Aerial shot of the School - c1950???

This pic shows a fire damaged building where the current supermarket is, and a temporary building in the field behind it. Note also the haystacks by the dairy.

What was the temporary building and can you pinpoint the year?
Picture added on 01 January 2003
Comments:
The building was our gym room at school, the damaged building was the butchers with Catriona's Post Office next door - early 60's I think.
Added by Sue Florence on 26 March 2003
Yes Sue, I remember it quite clearly. Also fire gutted a flat above the Post office where one of the local police I knew lived with his wife.
Cromarty has had it's share of fires - my parents shop in High Street had a bad fire in the sixties - although they managed to renovate and re-open.
Added by John Macdonald on 01 April 2003
The butcher's shop and the post office were in the burnt out building. Moore was the name of the butcher, and he was from Rosemarkie, and he took it over from Grant the tailor.
Added by John McBean on 28 August 2003
I think this photo was more recent than the 1950's 'cos I was working in the county architect's office in Dingwall, where the new house to the right of the existing school house was designed for the head-master. Architect was a Mr Murray Crighton. This would make the photo circa 1965/66.
Added by Clem Watson on 05 October 2003
I left Dingwall in 1963 and I can't remember working on that project so I would suspect the earlier date is correct.
Added by Murray Crighton on 04 March 2004
On a re-read of the above text, maybe memory does fade, but I always remember the office joke about the 'Conteen' houseen!!
Added by Clem Watson on 22 March 2006
Must be the sixties, because Mr Rae's house, next to the school, was not built while I was at Cromarty school in the fifties.
Added by Hazel Clark on 26 August 2011
Sue, you are right. I remember the fire very well, my mother and I stood on the corner of Barkly Street and watched the brigade tackle it. It was the early sixties .
Added by Frasertony08@gmail.com on 27 August 2011
Hi Hazel. Mr Rae lived in the school house, Mr Lamond who taught English lived in the house that was built next to it.
Added by Sue Florence on 30 August 2011
The fire had yet to happen when I left Cromarty in 1960. By the time I came back in 1965 it was a "fait accompli". I remember Mr. Moore the butcher. I think he stayed at Forsyth House. By the way, and if I'm not mistaken, around the late 50s there were three butchers' shops in Cromarty. There was the Co-operative and Macdonald on High Street and the one on Bank Street that eventually got burned.
Added by Christopher Hart on 10 September 2011
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