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    John O’ Groat Journal review: December 2, 2011

    newspaper leads its front page coverage with the local situation on the national one-day strike of public sector workers. They warned that more strikes will take place unless agreement can be reached on the UK Government’s controversial plans to cut their pensions. The warning came, as local trade union members joined Wednesday’s action, which closed schools and disrupted council, hospital and court services in the Far North. Robert Bailey - one of a group of health workers who protested outside Caithness General Hospital in Wick – claimed the poor and those on low wages are paying the price for the economic recession.

    INSTALLING concrete ramps at the war memorial garden in Sir John’s Square, in Thurso, to improve disabled access, would be like turning it into a car park. That was the claim made at a meeting of the town’s community council, this week, when members were discussing options to provide better access at the popular site. Robbie Mackintosh, assistant ward manager with Highland Council, explained that, in recent years there had been criticism about the lack of disabled access to the middle tier of the garden. He said gates at the front and rear of the square, allow access to the upper and lower tiers but the middle section can only be reached by three sets of five steps. Mr Macintosh pointed out the local authority is currently considering two options to address the situation – disabled ramps or removing part of the existing wall and installing another gate opposite the Card ‘n’ Things shop.

    at North of Scotland Newspapers are taking part in tomorrow’s Thurso Fun Day in a bid to raise cash for three good causes. The office in Olrig Street, will be open between noon and 4pm to allow members of the public a last chance to buy tickets for the Caithness Playparks Project prize draw, before the winners are pulled from the hat on Monday.

    number of assaults and vandalisms taking place in the Far North has reduced dramatically since last year, according to police. However, the amount of opportunistic thefts occurring in Caithness, has significantly increased, which is worrying Northern Constabulary. The concern comes after the force released crime figures for last year between the period of October 2010 and September 2011.

    A WICK
    mother who nearly lost her partner to a brain tumour is planning to bring pioneering cancer research to the North of Scotland. Carolyn Pierpont revealed all, at a nude-calendar launch on Saturday for her newly-established charity Bare all for Brain Tumours. The 34-year-old hopes to raise 50,000 over the next two years - 25,000 each year – to fund a project that will help narrow down which treatment will be most effective for each individual brain tumour case.

    Dornoch Firth rail bridge project was this week described as “a pipe dream” by a Thurso community councillor. Ian Wright made his comment at Tuesday night’s meeting when members were speaking about renewing their membership of the Friends of the Far North Line pressure group. Mr Wright wondered what benefit the community council got from membership and commented: “The rail crossing will never come in my lifetime. It is a pipe dream.”

    accident could be caused by the “extremely dim” lights in the centre of Thurso. Local community councillor Gill Arrowsmith is concerned the reduced lighting –part of a Highland Council experiment – may cause problems. He said: “The worry is that someone is going to get knocked over as the lights are very, very, dim. People have been complaining since the dark nights have come in.” But new community council chairman, Don Smith, said people have to get used to reduced lighting in certain areas over the winter. He said: “You can’t expect to go out at night and get the same amount of light you would get sitting in your living room.”

    to a Caithness crowd for the first time this weekend, Craig Hill said that he is looking forward to meeting a few dirty Wickers! Known as one of Scotland’s top comedians in the past decade, the 42-year-old is bringing his unique brand of camp comedy to Skinandi’s in Thurso, tomorrow night. His visit to the Far North is part of his Blown by a Fan which is earning rave reviews across Britain. But despite the suggestive name, he said the inspiration behind the tour’s title is far from gratuitous. Show has been cancelled and rearranged for October 19, next year.

    of a rescue involving a dozen people who were stranded on an island off the coast of Caithness, has received a national award. Thurso lifeboat station received the RNLI video-of-the-year title from the organisation, for the recording of the call out to a tourist boat which broke down in a cave at Stroma in July. The video, which showed 10 passengers and two crew members who had been aboard the North Coast Explorer and were left stranded when the boat struck rocks at the cave in July, received the most amounts of hits any RNLI video this year.
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