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Post Office Fire - 1962
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Post Office Fire - 1962

Locals look on as the fire brigade does its work. The large version of this pic shows a close up of the faces. Can you name any?
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Picture added on 08 July 2005
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Post Office Fire - 1962
I recognise Leonard Shepherd and maybe one of the Roehling boys bottom left. Could that possibly be my granda - Dan Robertson bottom right? Freda or Iris, help! Certainly looks like him. Anyone know the others?
Added by Dorothy Ewen on 08 July 2005
I remember this very well ...Catriona Gillies came up to our shop with some stuff she took out of the Post Office ..when the fire started ....This fire and my Mum and Dad's Fire in their shop in High Street will always stay in my memory !! ..I think that's Cathel Mackenzie with the hat in the middle ? ...and I'm sure that is Leonard Shepherd ? on left looking at camera ? ...the other faces hopefully might come to me ? I Interested Babs that you tooks some shots of it ...as I never remember seeing anything about afterwards !!
Added by John Macdonald on 09 July 2005
Gent on the left walking towards the camera is Johnny Gray.
Added by Andrew Bathie on 10 July 2005
The first building to go on fire was actually the Butcher's shop, belonging to a Mr Jas. More from Rosemarkie. The shop itself was Mr Jimmy Grant the Tailor's place, some years before it was converted into the Butchers. The fire spread rapidly to the Post Office building adjacent, even although there was an 8'-0'' (2.4m) gap between them. The buildings were of an early form of 'dry construction' mainly a basic timber frame, with internal timber cladding on the partitions. Externally diamond metal mesh and harling. The linings were all tinder dry internally, finished in marine varnish!! The local volunteer firemen did a good job saving Mathesons!! Catriona did her public service part, by saving all the PO property, postal orders, pension books etc., etc.
Added by Clem Watson on 11 July 2005
Yes, that is definitely `Da`bottom right. That might be Gordon Hogg behind Leonard Shepherd.
Added by Dorothy Ewen (robertson) on 16 July 2005
Not a 100% sure but I think the boy in middle with the white collar is Ally Dunnet.
Added by Sue on 21 July 2005
Are you all sure it is the post office on fire, I think it is the butchers shop I remember standing beside my granda that's me in the blue jumper.
Added by Donnie Robertson on 01 November 2006
Did the fire not start in the butcher's and spread to the post office? Didn't realise that was you in the blue jumper!
Added by Dorothy Ewen (Robertson) on 04 November 2006
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