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09-Oct-13, 16:36
Caithness Courier headlines for October 9,
YOUTH sport in Wick is facing turmoil after clubs announced they can no longer afford to hire council facilities. It’s been revealed the cost of hiring the synthetic pitch and games hall at Wick High, is almost double compared to renting facilities in Thurso. Now, groups are calling for the authority to bring charges back to a level playing field or they will be forced to cancel matches and tournaments which will affect hundreds of youngsters.

PROFESSOR Peter Higgs received the Nobel prize for Physics yesterday for his work as a theoretical scientist which has made him world-renowned in his field. But what is not so well known about the man, is his Caithness connections through his great grandfather. In 1805 Professor Higgs’ great grandfather whose surname was Coghill, was born in the far north before moving to Edinburgh. In the capital he worked as a spirit merchant on the Royal Mile next to what is now Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, before marrying and starting a family. He had a son, James Coghill, Professor Higgs’ grandfather.

TRADE union members in Caithness are calling on NHS Highland to make public whether it intends to reopen a dementia care unit in Wick. Wick and Thurso Trades Council members are agitated about a lack of any firm response from health chiefs about their plans for the Harmsworth unit at the Town and County Hospital. It was temporarily shut in July 2012 because there was not enough staff to treat patients suffering from dementia and cognitive memory conditions.

UNNET residents are to be given the option of whether they want to see sculptures installed at one of the county’s most popular beaches. Highland Council has submitted its redesign plans for Dunnet beach and Dunnet Head, after its original proposal were scrapped as a result of a public backlash. Now planners are to give residents the choice whether or not they want to see two sculptures erected at the entrance of the beach picnic area.

A CAITHNESS author is in the running for a national book award with a novel that draws heavily on his experiences of growing up in the county. Ewan Morrison was born in Thurso and brought up in Wick but now lives in Glasgow. In his latest book, he returns to his memories of life in the far north.

A Highland MSP has urged the Scottish police and fire services to “get their acts together” and merge the under-threat Inverness 999 command rooms which provided services for Caithness. Uncertainty surrounds the future of the Highlands’ emergency call-handling centres after the controversial creation of the national systems which replace Northern Constabulary and the Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service.

THURSO East is to welcome over 100 surfers when it hosts the UK Pro Surfing Championships for the second successive year, later this month. The event will showcase both professional and junior surfers with an emphasis on the next generation and will feature the qualifying event to choose the elite junior surfers to represent Great Britain in a series of international events next year.

A RECORD 25 competitors from the Highlands and Islands will be taking part in the 10th annual vintage ploughing match at Stemster Mains, Halkirk, on Saturday. The competition is being seen as a warm-up event to find who is the region’s best hope when the Scottish Ploughing Championships are held at Standstill Farm, Bower two weeks later. It will be the first time Caithness will host the national championships and as a result, interest in competitive ploughing has surged.