Caithness Courier headlines for April 20, 2016

A FAR north mother, who lost her son in a car accident, has described him as a man who loved the outdoors and lived life to the full. Dean Meiklejohn from Thurso, was killed when his Ford Fiesta collided with a NIssan Quashqui hear the sharp bend on the A9 opposite the entrance to the town's cemetery last Thursday.

THURSO surfers are appealing to far north businesses to help their dream of competing on the world stage come true. Four athletes based in the town, have been selected for the Scotland squad to compete at the World Games in Costa Rica in August.

THE operator of Thurso Cinema has taken over a complex in North Wales which had been leased by the former operator of the Caithness venue. Merlin Cinemas has signed a deal with Denbighshire Council to take over the Scala Cinema in Prestatyn which had been run by former Thurso Cinema Limited owner, Rob Arthur.

SPAIN'S oldest football club, which was founded by a Caithness doctor in the 19th century is in danger of going out of business. Recreativo de Huelva formy by Dr William Alexander Mackay from Latheron, is facing finnancial crisis which could spell the end for the historic club.

ORGANISERS of a zumbathon, held to raise as many pennies as possible for little Wick girl Pebbles Sawyers fundraising appeal, have been overhwelmed with support. Local zumba instructor Diane Sinclair and her team of zumba girls, were delighted when more than 100 people turned out to take part in the event which was held last month, in Wick's Assembly Rooms.

THE new county flag of Caithness has been given the seal of approval by Scotland's first minister during her tour of the Caithness Sutherland and Ross constituency. Nicola Sturgeon was presented with the blued, black nd yellow county emblem, by Wick Highland councillor and SNP Holyrood constituency candidate, Gail Ross during a visit to Ross-shire.

THE famous cycling route from Land's End to John O' Groats, has been revealed in a new book detailing everything a person would need to know to complete the journey in 14 days. The End to End Cycle route has just been released by Nick Mitchell, a passionate long-distance cycle tourist, who has completed the journey many times and knows it inside out.

FIFTH place and landing a trophy for the first time in the club's history has satisfied management at Wick Academy enough that the 2015/16 can be deemed a successful one. Assistance manager Richard Hughes said to round off the campaign on Saturday with a 4-0 victory at Fraserburgh, was a fantastic result given the men they had missing in defence for the trip to Bellslea.