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24-Aug-12, 08:59
John O’ Groat Journal review: August 24, 2012

A DIABETIC Thurso amputee, whose body rejected an organ transplant, was forced to make her own way to Inverness this week, after being twice knocked back by the Scottish Ambulance Service. Pamela Bruce-Shaw (50) of St Andrew’s Drive, requires continuing sessions of dialysis to stay alive. Yet a lift to the renal unit at Raigmore Hospital, in Inverness on Monday – that she is entitled to as a dialysis patient – was turned down by the patient transport body as she tried to book it after mid-day on a Friday.

A DUX medal which was won by a pupil at Miller Academy in Thurso in 1927 has been unearthed in a Halkirk garden. The discovery was made by James Falconer who lives in Bridge Street, while he was digging his vegetable plot. The medal is about the size of a 10 pence piece although thicker and is inscribed with the words “Dux of the Miller Institution and Miller Academy”. Unfortunately there is no name on it. However, research identified the winner of the medal as Marguerite Black.

PUPILS at a Thurso primary school have been delighted to receive the royal seal of approval for the artwork they made to celebrate the Queen’s diamond anniversary celebrations. The jubilee collage, made by P6 pupils in their summer term, was the subject of a despatch sent from Buckingham Palace which the youngsters at Mount Pleasant School found out about on their return to class after the holidays. Susan Hussey, one of the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting stated: “The Queen wishes me to write and thank you for the splendid message which you sent on the occasion of Her Majesty’s diamond jubilee.”

WICK will be “like a boom town” in the next few years as 50 million is invested in educational and community facilities. This was said this week by former local councillor and new Caithness and Sutherland area committee leader, Deidre Mackay, at Monday’s first meeting at Drummuie in Golspie. Delight was also expressed by Wick representative, Bill Fernie, who said he is “over the moon” about the multi-million-pound investment in the town.

A DOUNREAY worker who offered help to colleagues looking to find a new career recently took her own advice-opening a new tearoom at Scrabster. Former “Windmills project co-ordinator, Ros Campbell used to spend her days helping others plan to switch careers as the decommissioning of the atom plant gathers pace. However, last October she spotted the former chapel at the quayside and remarked to her husband Sid how it would be perfect for a new cafe.

THE fate of 16 trees in Sir John’s Square, in Thurso, has been decided. Five of them – considered to be in a dangerous condition – will be felled within the next six months while the remaining 11 are due to go, in a phased operation which could last up to nine years. That was the outcome of a special ward meeting held in the town on Tuesday night, to discuss the controversial plan to get rid of the trees.

A POLITICAL row has erupted after the opposition leader accused the ruling Highland Council coalition of running “a dictatorship” because independent members were frozen out of crunch welfare reform talks. Sweeping changes to the benefits system will be introduced by the UK Government next year and hit thousands of people in the Highlands. More than 12,000 people who suffer from severe physical disability and mental health problems like depression and schizophrenia receive disability payments but 3,200 individuals could lose that income because they may no longer be viewed as eligible when they are reassessed.

ABERDEEN and Northern Marts sold 7,522 at its main annual show and sale of ewe lambs at its Caithness Livestock Centre at Quoybrae. Sponsored by Barclay’s Transport, the champion single in the half-bred section, judged by Harry Sleigh, St Johns Wells, Fyfie, Turriff, from Messr D. Miller, Buckies, Thurso, was sold for 180 to the judge.

A CAITHNESS bakery is going from strength to strength. Reids of Caithness received notification this week that it has been shortlisted for three awards in the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Awards 2012. The Thurso-based bakery is in with a chance of winning awards in the New Product, Healthier food and Drink and Development of Export Markets categories.