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Children's Fancy Dress - 1969
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Children's Fancy Dress - 1969

I recognize David Shepherd, Gillian House and Sandra Macdonald.
Picture added on 31 January 2006
Sandra Bain is 4th from right
Added by Nora Watson on 31 January 2006
I think the line-up is David Shepherd, Rosalind Mallatz (?), Fiona Griffiths, ?????, ????, Gill Howse, Sandra Bain, Hazel MacLean, ?????, Sandra MacDonald.
Added by Sandra Campbell on 12 February 2006
Who does the car in the back-ground belong to does anyone no and what type is it?
Anonymous comment added on 13 February 2006
Would I be wrong in saying it was someone Dunnet? Alastair? Possibly? The name seems to be in my mind.
Added by Pat Swanson on 14 February 2006
Car in back ground belonged to Ken Sutherland town clerk - invaild vehicle.
Added by Anon on 14 February 2006
Ken Sutherland did have a car like this but the one in the picture belonged to my granny, Jeannie Dunnett. The lady standing beside the car is my Aunt Margaret who lives at Clunes Cottage. The car had a single cylinder air cooled engine and you could hear it coming from miles away. As a wee girl, I used to get the job of measuring and adding the oil to the petrol for the 2-stroke mixture. I was often heavy handed with the oil and it was with great regularity that the car would be stopped on the shore road while I cleaned the sooted plug!!!! The same car is pictured outside Mrs Dunn's house, Seabank in picture #64. This model also sported a canvas soft top (seen clearer in picture #64) and granny often drove with the top down in the summer. I travelled for miles in that wee car. Some of the most memorable journeys were the ones to Caithness. It took the best part of a day to make the journey on the old roads as the car was only capable of 30-35 miles per hour with a good wind behind it! Special memories.

Added by Sandra (Bain) Campbell on 14 February 2006
Could anyone pleaase tell me what is meant by invaled verchicle? Was it only people of importance that had one?
Added by Anon on 15 February 2006
An invalid car was a specially adapted car for people who for one reason or another were incapacitated - the vechicle was supplied by social services. Things have changed somewhat as immobility cars today are quite different though the principals are the same.
Added by Mary Mackay now Tomlinson Harrison on 15 February 2006
The car was a Tippen Delta (possibly 1966) built by Frank Tippen & Son. Invacars were supplied initially to disabled ex-servicemen after World War II but after some campaigning the Ministry of Health made them available to disabled civilians as part of the invalidity/disability benefit scheme. The government covered the cost of maintenance and insurance. Drivers didn't need to pass a test or hold a car licence as the cars came under motorcycle regulations. If I remember right, this particular one had a Villiers motorcycle 2stroke engine. The later models sported 4stroke engines and were much faster. The last invacars were produced in 1977 when the DHSS contract ended and the new Motorbility scheme began. After 2003 it became illegal to drive one of these 3wheelers on the road.
Added by Sandra (Bain) Campbell on 15 February 2006
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