Wave North gets under way

30th March 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

The Wave North festival has returned to Thurso for its second consecutive year. After success in 2011, organisers have teamed up with the Scottish Surfing Federation to offer another packed programme with a heavy dose of top-class surfing in the form of the Scottish National Surfing Championships. Wave North, which…

Thurso High gets glowing HMIE report

22nd March 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Thurso High School has received a glowing report following a recent inspection. A report published on Tuesday by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education praised teaching staff and the senior management team. Inspectors reported the school has taken a number of positive steps to make young people more active in their…

Contractor’s cash boost for youth club

21st March 2012 from Caithness Courier

Funds at Thurso Youth Club have been boosted by £500 after a donation was made by a Dounreay company. The money awarded by Graham Construction will be used to fund activities and trips for the junior section of the club, co-ordinator Allan Hourston told the Caithness Courier He said the…

Eyesore town house owner hits back

16th March 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

A businessman has knocked back claims he deliberately allowed a historic building in Thurso to fall into disrepair. Kamall Ahmed insists he remains committed to conserving the B-listed former town house on the corner of Princes Street and Sir John’s Square. And he claims his plans were thwarted as a…

Petition launched to keep Thurso square’s trees

16th March 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Around 200 people have signed a petition to oppose plans to remove trees at the gardens in Sir John’s Square in Thurso.   The proposal from the Highland Council has angered local people and shop owners who are “appalled” at the move. Cara Duff, who runs the Blow Your Top…

Thurso eyesore building bid under the microscope

9th March 2012 from John O Groat Journal

A public inquiry is to be held in Thurso next week into controversial plans by the Highland Council to make a compulsory purchase of a 19-th century building in the town. The local authority want to take over the B-listed property at the corner of Princes Street and Sir John’s…

Calls grow for Thurso bypass

8th March 2012 from John O Groat Journal

A PLEA is to be made to transport minister Keith Brown for a road bypass scheme at Thurso. That was decided by members of the town’s community council at a meeting last Tuesday night. Chairman Don Smith urged his colleagues to press for the bypass to help take the pressure…

Music event will boost town centre

2nd March 2012 from John O Groat Journal

THURSO town centre is set to host a mini festival this weekend to help stimulate the economy - thanks to the efforts of a local woman. Music student Kara Gray (23) has organised a brand new event to be held in conjunction with the Caithness Chamber of Commerce “Spend it…