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Children's Fancy Dress - 1969

Children's Fancy Dress - 1969

Date Added: 31 January 2006 Contributor: Avoch Heritage Association Year: 1969 Picture No: 1519

I recognize David Shepherd, Gillian House and Sandra Macdonald.

Albums: Galas and Regattas


Sandra Bain is 4th from right Comment left on 31 January 2006 at 22:22 by Nora Watson
I think the line-up is David Shepherd, Rosalind Mallatz (?), Fiona Griffiths, ?????, ????, Gill Howse, Sandra Bain, Hazel MacLean, ?????, Sandra MacDonald. Comment left on 12 February 2006 at 14:08 by Sandra Campbell
Who does the car in the back-ground belong to does anyone no and what type is it? Comment left on 13 February 2006 at 13:56 by Anonymous
Would I be wrong in saying it was someone Dunnet? Alastair? Possibly? The name seems to be in my mind. Comment left on 14 February 2006 at 03:34 by Pat Swanson
Car in back ground belonged to Ken Sutherland town clerk - invaild vehicle. Comment left on 14 February 2006 at 16:33 by Anon
Ken Sutherland did have a car like this but the one in the picture belonged to my granny, Jeannie Dunnett. The lady standing beside the car is my Aunt Margaret who lives at Clunes Cottage. The car had a single cylinder air cooled engine and you could hear it coming from miles away. As a wee girl, I used to get the job of measuring and adding the oil to the petrol for the 2-stroke mixture. I was often heavy handed with the oil and it was with great regularity that the car would be stopped on the shore road while I cleaned the sooted plug!!!! The same car is pictured outside Mrs Dunn's house, Seabank in picture #64. This model also sported a canvas soft top (seen clearer in picture #64) and granny often drove with the top down in the summer. I travelled for miles in that wee car. Some of the most memorable journeys were the ones to Caithness. It took the best part of a day to make the journey on the old roads as the car was only capable of 30-35 miles per hour with a good wind behind it! Special memories.
Comment left on 14 February 2006 at 17:02 by Sandra (Bain) Campbell
Could anyone pleaase tell me what is meant by invaled verchicle? Was it only people of importance that had one? Comment left on 15 February 2006 at 11:21 by Anon
An invalid car was a specially adapted car for people who for one reason or another were incapacitated - the vechicle was supplied by social services. Things have changed somewhat as immobility cars today are quite different though the principals are the same. Comment left on 15 February 2006 at 19:11 by Mary Mackay now Tomlinson Harrison
The car was a Tippen Delta (possibly 1966) built by Frank Tippen & Son. Invacars were supplied initially to disabled ex-servicemen after World War II but after some campaigning the Ministry of Health made them available to disabled civilians as part of the invalidity/disability benefit scheme. The government covered the cost of maintenance and insurance. Drivers didn't need to pass a test or hold a car licence as the cars came under motorcycle regulations. If I remember right, this particular one had a Villiers motorcycle 2stroke engine. The later models sported 4stroke engines and were much faster. The last invacars were produced in 1977 when the DHSS contract ended and the new Motorbility scheme began. After 2003 it became illegal to drive one of these 3wheelers on the road. Comment left on 15 February 2006 at 22:55 by Sandra (Bain) Campbell
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