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Miranda steps from the water after swiiming across the Firth
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Miranda steps from the water after swiiming across the Firth

Miranda celebrates swimming across from Nigg to Cromarty in under 30 minutes. The well wishers on the shore were applauding loudly as this picture was taken.
Picture added on 10 August 2009 at 15:03
Well done what an achievement!
Added by Mary Mackay now Tomlinson Harrison on 10 August 2009
I may be mistaken but did Betty Hogg not cross to Nigg in the 50s? Anyone else remember? I know she swam about a lot in the summer.
Added by DSM on 13 August 2009
Yes, I think you are correct, and did Hughie Robertson not do it as well?
Added by Dorothy Ewen (Robertson) on 13 August 2009
I believe Betty did swim to Nigg. It's probably mentioned in the book of interviews of local Croms, a few years ago. I have it on my bookshelf - somewhere.....
Added by Margaret Tong on 13 August 2009
My Dad Bertie Whiteman was always talking about a lady Betty Toot who alledgedly swam the firth lots?. I dont know what her "real" name was/is Can anyone help?
Added by Alan Whiteman on 13 August 2009
Yes this is correct. She was accompanied by Andrew Skinner "Rex" and either Albert or Johnnie in the escort boat Enterprise. This was on a Sunday evening after the east wind had dropped. As you say both Betty and also Andrew were very strong swimmers.
Added by Alex Grant on 14 August 2009
I remember sitting on the wall at Shore Street with Elaine when we were kids and Betty telling us about swimming to Nigg. I think my brother Rory did it when he was younger too.
Added by Jess Alexander on 14 August 2009
Betty was also awarded a parchment for saving men whose boat got into trouble.
Added by Margaret Tong on 15 August 2009
Well done, Miranda!
Added by Angie Wootten on 03 January 2010
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