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13-Jul-11, 12:08
Caithness Courier review: July 13, 2011

THE paper leads with the £20 million revamp of Scrabster harbour, due to get underway early next month. Glasgow-based R.J. McLeod has won the contract which is designed to retain the ports status as one of the busiest in the North. Apart from boosting existing tanker, fishing and cargo trade, the scheme is geared to build up its offshore oil traffic and to service the upcoming marine energy ventures in the Pentland Firth and Orkney waters.

ALSO on page one is the achievement of Colleen Blair from Aberfeldy, in becoming the first person to swim the Pentland Firth. She set off from Tor Ness, on Hoy, at 6am on Monday and completed the swim in a time of four hours, 41 minutes and 21 seconds. She said that the challenge of becoming the first person to do the crossing was all the incentive she needed.

ROBYN RISBRIDGER, a pupil of the Elise Lyall School of Dance in Wick, is pictured with a Castle of Mey backdrop, and the shield she won in the 13 years-and-under overall pre-championship Highland competition in Arbroath. She now goes on to compete at championship level.

THERE’s a busy court reports coverage on page two and reporter Gordon Calder reveals on page three that a complaint about the conduct of four member of the board of management at North Highland College UHI, has been thrown out. The Public Standards Commissioner for Scotland decided to take no action after investigating an allegation against former principle, Rosemary Thompson and board members William Bruce, Jillian Bundy and Tom Sayles. It was alleged they did not adhere to the code of conduct, in relation to the work of the college’s remuneration committee. However, the commissioner, D. Stuart Allan, found there was no contravention of the code of conduct but made a number of recommendations regarding good practice guidance and governance.

PLANS to improve Thurso’s riverside and mall area would cost in excess of £40,000. Retired architect James Campbell described the project as a “forward planning exercise” which could be carried out, as and when, money becomes available. He told a recent meeting of the local community council, that the overall cost of the development would be £44,550. Mr Campbell said it would involved the upgrading of paths, the planting of trees, improved drainage and the installation of interpretive signs at the upper mall and west bank sections of the riverside.

A LOCAL lifeboat crew had to be towed to safety on Saturday, after its raft sank during a race at Thurso’s annual Lifeboat Fair Day. The life-savers raft went down in the inner harbour at Scrabster after taking on too much water during the race, which was reinstated this year. The crew members, however, took the setback in good spirits and as they were towed back to the slipway by the lifeboat’s Y-boat, a coastguard team went on to win the race.

THERE are three pages of Latheron Show coverage with all the winners’s results and attractions and a two-page county show preview, after the features section.

Page seventeen carries a selection of photos from the annual junior fun weekend at Sir George’s Park, run by Thurso FC and on back page sport, pride-of-place goes to Wick Groats who were the victors in the Eain Mackintosh Cup final, winning by a convincing 2-0 score against Staxigoe United.