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29-Aug-12, 09:19
Caithness Courier review: August 29, 2012

CAITHNESS councillors have voted to back a proposal to scrap the midnight curfew for nightclubs in Thurso and the Highlands, claiming that it has not had any positive effect on anti-social behaviour. The county’s 10 representatives met on Monday when it was agreed by a majority vote, to support measures to scrap the Cinderella curfew. But the decision was not met with approval from Thurso-based councillors Donnie Mackay and John Rosie who want to retain the curfew

MeyGen is one of four renewable energy companies competing for the 10 million Saltire Prize offered by the Scottish Government. The consortium behind the tidal energy project in the Inner Sound in the Pentland Firth, will vie with Scottish Power Renewables, Aquamarine Power and Pelamis Wave Power, for the prize. They will each have to produce commercial quantities of electricity over a two-year period, using only the power of the sea.

A DARING rescue was carried out at the weekend when a passing holidaymaker laid his life on the line, by fishing a woman out of the notoriously fierce swell off Strathy Point. The woman, who lives in the area, was swept into the sea from beneath the crags at the old salmon bothy by a rogue wave just before 4pm on Sunday afternoon. Luckily, a quick-thinking onlooker leapt into action and managed to get the woman safely back ashore, using his fishing rod, after she was severely beaten in the surf against the rocks in a dangerous metre-and-a-half swell.

A THURSO student said that being given the opportunity to carry the Paralympic torch was the proudest moment of his life. Jason Ridgley was selected as one of five representatives from across the Highlands to carry the flame to the top of Ben Nevis to mark the Paralympic Games which begin in London tonight.

THE Portland Arms Hotel in Lybster is to shut in a month’s time after the fourth manager in under a year has decided to pull out. The long-standing village establishment will close on September 24 after manager and leaseholder, Andrew Bowles decided to call it a day, three months after taking it over. He told the Caithness Courier that high rates and running costs with the added pressure of a poor tourism season were the reasons behind the closure.

WICK Academy have admitted they are facing a huge financial headache ahead of their Scottish Cup second round trip to Northumberland. After their sensational 2-0 victory over Spartans, in Edinburgh last weekend, the team’s reward was a trip to Third Division Berwick Rangers on September 29. But after spending 4000 on the trip to Edinburgh last weekend, the Scorries have estimated they will have to fork out a further 5000 for their game across the border bringing its Scottish Cup travels costs to a total of 9000 this season.

NOT even the harshest of elements could dampen the spirits of Saturday’s Marymas Fair in Dunnet. As with tradition, the ceremony began with the arrival of the Marymas Queen, Chloe Harris, who was joined by her attendants, Ashleigh Coghill and Megan Webster in an open-topped car led by the Caithness Junior Pipe Band.

UNIONS have attacked a Highland Council move asking the public whether a pay rise for its thousands of staff, following a two year pay freeze, should be rejected. The local authority has started a major public consultation seeking the view of Highland residents on where it should make 11.9 million of savings between 2013 and 2015.

THE 19-century homes of Caithness fishermen at Berriedale have been saved, thanks to an extensive restoration project. The row of cottages has been restored using traditional craft skills materials and is now open for guests to stay providing an income for future maintenance.