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Avoch Harbour and the road to Fortrose - c 1925
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Avoch Harbour and the road to Fortrose - c 1925

This old photo was one of a collection of 'magic lantern' slides. These would have been projected onto a screen in village halls all over the country in the decades before cinema was invented. This box of slides had pictures of Cromarty, Strathpeffer, Inverness and one of John O'Groats.
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Didn't notice this picture before! The sheddie is famous in our family and was known as the "Bold Attempt". It was built by my great grandfather at a time when for some reason, James or George Fletcher had put a ban or a restriction on building sheds in the village, which my grandfather ignored. On spotting the shed whilst heading to chendry on his horse and cart, apparently Mr Fletcher spotted it and called it a bold attempt!Not exactly sure why he chose those exact words, but guess it was both a comment on its ramshackle appearance and my grandfather's defiance. Ten Cran.
Added by Andrew J.Patience on 06 February 2011
Checking with my Aunt Jessie, she remembers that it was the harbour committee that banned the building of sheds, but as her grandmother, being my great grandmother, had nowhere to wash clothes, the shed was built with a small fire between it and the wall, and she heated the water on it and did her washing in the "Bold Attempt". She thinks that Mr Fletcher was on the harbour committee, hence his comment.
ten and a half cran.
Added by Andrew J. Patience on 22 February 2011
GREAT PHOTO.shows road east till CHENDRY.[CHANONRY]Great to see the BOATIES.were they called SCAFFIES. in them days?HERRING FISHING was big business.Added by J. Reddigan 8/4/13/.
Anonymous comment added on 08 April 2013
Can I use this image on a non commercial dvd we are making to go with a song written about the life in Avoch around that time?
Added by John on 05 August 2015
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