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Cromarty Highland Games Poster

Cromarty Highland Games Poster

Date Added: 27 January 2004 Contributor: Calum Davidson Year: 1933 Picture No: 634

This poster is on display in Weatherglass House, Shore Street, Jane and Pete Clunas's. The years that the 26th August fell on a Saturday were 1905, 1911, 1916, 1922, 1933, 1939, 1944, 1950, 1967, 1972 and 1978. I would suggest 1950. Anybody know?

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I am looking for Peter Clunas who was our helicopter pilot in 1989 and 1991. Peter please contact me. Comment left on 22 December 2004 at 15:47 by dengren
I think you can rule out 1950. It's more likely to be an event held much earlier say between 1916, and 1933. Maybe some microfiche research of weekly Ross-shire, newspapers, in the Inverness Reference Library might give a definitive answer. Comment left on 22 December 2004 at 19:12 by Clem Watson
Clem - why are you so sure it is not 1950 ? Not that I doubt you, but my suggestion of 1950 was just a guess. Comment left on 26 December 2004 at 20:29 by Calum Davidson
The printing 'style' on the poster, along with composition of same would suggest an earlier
period. I was 14 years then, (1950) doing my first trips to Invergordon running my Dad's ferry,
on Saturdays. This on the day would have meant an increase in arrival of spectators, or competitors,
by boat? I can't recall any Games being held along the Reeds at that time.
Comment left on 27 December 2004 at 19:57 by Clem Watson
Thanks Clem - that makes sense. I'll have a look in Inverness Library over the next wee while. Comment left on 03 January 2005 at 19:54 by Calum Davidson
Calum, I've studied the small print at the foot of the Poster, there is a reference to a Steamer connecting with the Invergordon Mail Train. The Steamer would have been the RMS 'AILSA' operated on the then GPO Mail Contract, by my late Grandfather, Capt.John Watson. I notice too, that the poster was printed by the 'North Star' using
wooden block lettering(hardwood). That same Steamer was sold in 1938 to somebody in the Orkney Islands. Narrowed down that might give you 1933 at a guess?
Comment left on 03 January 2005 at 21:40 by Clem Watson
Brilliant Clem - Thanks. A quick look in the North Star archives should solve the mystery, so I'll have a look in Inverness Library. Comment left on 05 January 2005 at 21:19 by Calum Davidson
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