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Cromarty Image Library

Paul Thomas


[Most of the photographs sent by Paul were taken in the 40s and 50s by his grandfather, of whom a short biography follows]

"In 1928, Roderick (Derry) Duff was born to proud parents, Roderick (Roddy) and Isabella (Ella) Duff. Derry had an older sister, Jessie, who was born in 1926. Derry is my Grandad and he was very proud of his heritage.

"In June 2005, he visited my house and I turned on the computer to show him the Cromarty Image library. He was so happy seeing all the old faces he once knew and his face beamed when he saw a picture of his old home, 35 Bank Street.

"Grandad was enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders in 1948, which ended his 20 year love affair with Cromarty. He moved to Birmingham after short stays in London and Oxford. This is where he met his wife of near 55 years, Evelyn. Nan and Grandad had two children, Glynis (my Mom) and Janice. They also have 5 grandchildren ; Me, Mark, Rachel, Gary and Joeanne. Also two great grandchildren; Charlotte and James. In June 1991, Nan and Grandad moved to Telford, Shropshire which was their retirement home.

"Unfortunately, Grandad passed away at The Princess Royal Hospital in Telford on the 24/10/2005. He is greatly missed."
Roderick James Duff Paul says:- "This is Roderick James Duff, my Grandad, who lived at 35 Bank Street. [picture #1158] ...
Harbour in the 40s Taken during a regatta, this shot shows that the new pontoons are not this first we've had! The g...
Jessie Duff Jessie was the daughter of Roddy and Ella Duff, and brother of Derry. They lived at 35 Bank St.
Pipe Band in front of the Royal The gable end of the front factory building (demolished in the 70s) can be seen. See also picture #1...
Jessie Duff On the beach in front of the Royal with the extended jetty behind her.
Derry Duff and friend Derry is on the right, standing by the harbour with the parapet wall behind him.
Regatta Boats in the Vs with spectators on the jetty.
Boats in the harbour - c1948 Moored with the bows pointing inwards - this fashion had changed by the 1970s, with most moored faci...
Chickens in the Factory Buildings Glynis Duff, daughter of Derry Duff [picture #1412], who visited Cromarty in 1955.
Hughie Fraser - c1950 Paul says "This is a picture of Hughie Fraser. I beleive he was my Grandads best friend in Cromarty....

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