John O' Groat Journal headlines for January 1, 2016


AMBULANCE chiefs are being urged to put Caithness towards the top of the list to benefit from new funding to train 300 new paramedics throughout Scotland. The call comes as the service in the far north comes under increasing pressure with reports of doctors being forced into taking patients to hospital in the back of their cars.

A 10-year-old Halkirk girl has raised nearly 200 by selling her toys to help a local group for people with dementia which her granny attends. Erin McIntosh has seen the benefit her granny, Isobel Cormack, gets from going to the Friday Group which is held weekly in Thurso's Dunbar Hospital.

FAR north MP Paul Monaghan is being taken to task for using taxpayers' money to send out his Christmas cards in House of Commons pre-paid envelopes. The SNP back-bencher stands accused of breaching rules relating to MPS' use of commons stationery and pre-paid envelopes and the use of the crowned portcullis.

SHOPS in Caithness had a busy time over the festive season as customers stocked up on presents as well as food and drink. People kept the tills ringing at retailers, supermarkets, butchers and off-licences in Wick, Thurso and in the villages.

COMMUNITY groups and charities serving Caithness, are being encouraged to apply to get their hands on grants of up to 10,000 from the latest funding round of the Spirit of Caithness.

THE most northerly brewery on the UK mainland is inviting the public to join it in a tasting session of its new tipple which it is hoping to sell across the country. John O 'Groats Brewery will, tomorrow Saturday, unveil its latest creation when it launches its new 4.3 per cent ale at the Seaview Hotel in the village.

WICK Academy bounced back from their Scottish Cup disappointment to notch up a comfortable victory against Strathspey Thistle at Harmsworth Park. The score- 6-0.