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Caithness Courier review: September 5, 2012

A PROBE was continuing yesterday into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who was run over by a train in Caithness. The man, who was in his early 30s, had not been named at the time of going to press. He suffered fatal injuries when he was struck by the train on the afternoon service between Wick and Inverness on Friday, on the outskirts of Thurso. Network Rail staff were called to the scene along with officers from Northern Constabulary and the British Transport Police. A spokeswoman for BTP said that inquiries are continuing into the incident though it is not being treated as auspicious.

FANS, players and committee members have been left stunned, after it was announced that Wick Academy manager Davie Kirkwood is preparing to take over at local rivals Brora Rangers. In a move that has rocked north football, the 45-year-old, who has been in charge at Harmsworth Park since June 2011, is expected to be named as the new manager at Dudgeon Park in the next few days. Despite the move, both chairmen of the Caithness and Sutherland outfits have said they do not expect to see the former Rangers and Ross County coach in the home dugout at Harmsworth Park, again.

CAITHNESS marine rescuers played a pivotal role in saving a pod of pilot whales stranded on a beach at the weekend. The local volunteer branch of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue sprang into action twice between Friday and Sunday to aid whales around Scotland. The team was led by BDMLR’s Scottish national organiser, Alister Jack, of Scarfskerry, who took charge of the rescue of a pod of pilot whales which had become stranded on the shore at Pittenweem, Fife.

ADOPTED Caithnessian, David Morrison, who has died at the age of 71, was yesterday described as “a man of considerable stature” and a stalwart supporter of the arts. The tribute was paid by David More who, along with Mr Morrison spearheaded the campaign to try and save the Carnegie Library in Wick from closure. Mr More, a retired teacher, said his friend was instrumental in setting up the Save Our Library Action Group which received “a tremendous amount of support”. The campaign attracted thousands of signatures and was taken to the highest level and even appealed, unsuccessfully, to the Scottish Government, said Mr More.

AN airline, which was criticised for not having any crew available to ensure a flight departed Wick Airport on time, has said that the delay was unavoidable. Easter Airlines has responded to criticism from one of its passengers, who said that the airport as a whole, needed to “wake up into the 21st century”. In a statement to the Caithness Courier , commercial director Kay Ryan said the poor weather conditions in Wick started impacting on the flying programme as early as Monday, August 20, resulting in disruption not only to passengers, but also crew throughout the day which was beyond the airline’s control.

THE renewable industry will be a realistic prospect for future employment for graduates of North Highland College UHI, Alex Salmond has pledged. The First Minister said that Thurso is at the centre of a re-industrialisation of Scotland and that the country would be dependent on the quality of graduates to maintain energy demands. He was speaking last Thursday as he opened the Engineering Technology and Energy Centre and the Centre for Energy and the Environment at the UHI’s main Thurso campus.

MANAGERLESS Wick Academy began life without Davie Kirkwood by losing by the odd goal in seven as both sides played out a thriller at The Haughs. In a repeat scoreline of last season’s corresponding fixture, the Caithness club were once again left to rue defensive mistakes levelling the score three time only to concede minutes after each goal.