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17-Apr-13, 19:07
Caithness Courier headlines for April 17

THE girlfriend of a motorcyclist, killed in a road accident almost a year ago, wants a change in the law to force bikers to wear high-viz jackets in the hope of saving lives. Brent Larnach died when his motorbike was involved in a collision with another vehicle on the outskirts of Thrumster, on April 28, 2012. As the anniversary of his death approaches, his partner, Leanne Sutherland, is now organising a petition aimed at preventing further road deaths.

THURSO Library could be closed for at least another three months after major structural problems were disovered during refurbishment works. Worried users are fearing for its future and have blasted operators, High Life Highland, for not keeping the public informed about the delay in its reopening.

SCOTLAND is "a dinosaur when it comes to modern languages" according to far north Highland councillor Deirdre Mackay. She believes more people should take a greater interest in learning a foreign language and has given her full support to a pilot project to look at best practice.

AN angry reponse from the public to a proposal to close off a car park next to contamninated woodland, has forced a change of heart from a landward councillor. Willie Mackay originally supported plans by Highland Council to shut the car park at Newtonhill community woodland, near Wick, due to the amount of people breaking fences to enter the former landfill site.

THURSO is to be home to a new vegetable growing area which, if successful, could lead to other pieces of redundant land in the town being converted into similar sites. Eight people have agreed to form an allotments association, to turn land behind Thor House in Provost Cormack Drive, into 10 new plots. The initiative has the backing of Highland Council which has offered to rent the ground to the association for 200 a year.

MEMBERS of THurso Pipe Band were among a sizeable far north contingent who took part in the International Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland. The festival, which was staged for the second time in a row at Carlow, 70 miles south of Dublin, celecbrates the common Celtic heritage, culture and language of Scotland, Wales Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany and Ireland.

IT was an occasion which local businessman Andrew Mackay will never forget. He was a young trainee manager on a placement at the five-star Grand Hotel in Brighton in the autumn of 1992 when he came face-to-face with former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. She was at the Conservative Party Conference . It was her first time there since the IRA ttempted to blow her up in 1984 and only her second conference after being deposed as leader in November 1990.