John O' Groat Journal headlines for June 16, 2017

UNION representatives have hit out at the latest move to shed 200 jobs at Dounreay as "the wrong move at the wrong time. Condemning the lack of warning, they claim site bosses have failed to account for the effect the losses will have on the far north economy and maintain the process could have been handled better.

CLASSIC vehicles, spanning over almost a century, were on show at the John O' Groats rally as hundreds of people travelled to the end of the road to see vintage cars and tractors on Sunday. The Caithness and Sutherland Vintage and Classic Vehicle Club held its annual event at the John O' Groats showfield where owners displayed their impressive wheels.

THE Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has announced it will potentially offer up to 1 million to go towards a high water protection gate to protect Wick harbour against violent storms. The NDA has announced it looks set to double the amount it originally offered, to go towards the project to protect the port against storms which have inflicted serious damage at the harbour in recent years.

RESSAURANCES are being sought by trade union and college representatives that new jobs will be available to young people during the final period of decommissioning work at Dounreay. The site licence company DSRL has unveiled its plans for the final phase of the clean-up of the former fast reactor complex which is due to be carried out between 2018 and 2033.

GAINING one of the highest marks of the Caithness Music Festival this week, was Lybster Primary School teacher Simon Lamb who scored 92 points for his own original poem. Adjudicator Susan Mackay said: "From the top of his head to his toes, he exudes talent. He is a physical actor, his whole body encompasses the character that he is performing".

OVER 40 years ago, Bower Primary School opened its doors to its classrooms for the first time. Now the village is set to celebrate its school in two weeks' time with events to mark the important role it has played in pupils' lives.

THE North Highland Woodturners Association celebrated its 30th anniversary at Castlehill Heritage Centre with a chance to pass on skills to a new generation.

THE first stretch of high-voltage cable has been lain on the seabed of the Moray Firth as part of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks 1.1 billion scheme to forge a new power link between east Caithness and Moray.