Fiddlers converge for annual rally

25th May 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Fiddlers from various parts of Scotland will be making their way north for a musical event in Caithness this weekend. The players from Inverness, Fort William, Perth and other parts of the country will be performing at the annual Thurso and District Strathspey and Reel Society concert at Thurso high…

£600k boost for Thurso bus depot

25th May 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Work is under way on a new £600,000 depot which is being built in Thurso for the Stagecoach bus company. The facility, being constructed on the existing depot grounds, will provide new offices, a public reception and a workshop with state-of-the-art equipment. Stagecoach in the Highlands managing director Steve Walker…

Family-friendly festival gets bigger and better

25th May 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

It’s not all music and booze… it’s for families too. That’s the message from Skinandi’s nightclub as it prepares to hold its annual charity bash, the Sunday Sesh, next weekend. Now in its fourth year, the Sunday Sesh will take place on June 3, from 2pm until midnight in the…

Diamond fun as Thurso celebrates Jubilee

23rd May 2012 from Caithness Courier

Thurso will be hosting a weekend of activities to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The programme of events - organised by the Thurso Town Improvements Association - gets under way on Friday, June 1, when an over-18s’ disco featuring music from the decades of the Queen’s reign will be held…

Queen’s consort joins Thurso gala court

18th May 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

This year’s Thurso gala queen’s court includes the additional role of queen’s consort. Thurso High’s Calum Rosie is taking on the position which is understood to be a first for the civic celebration and coincides with the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations. He joins Lauren Mackay as queen, attendants Jenni Hinds…

Nuclear theme to Horizons’ festival

16th May 2012 from Caithness Courier

Event organisers at Caithness Horizons are hoping visitors leave the centre with “glowing” smiles this weekend. For the thirs year in a row, the Thurso venue will be joining 90 other museums across Scotland as part of the annual Festival of Museums. The weekend also coincides with Horizons taking part…

Top accolade “a proud moment”

16th May 2012 from Caithness Courier

Missing out on being named Scottish Baker of the Year didn’t matter too much to the founder of an ever-expanding Thurso business. Being named as one of the top five bakers in the country was still the proudest moment in the career of Donnie Reid, who established Reids of Caithness…

IT hub will help people get online

9th May 2012 from Caithness Courier

Technophobes in Caithness who don’t know the difference between an iPad and Facebook now have the opportunity to get all their questions answered thanks to a new facility in Thurso. Get IT Together and Pentland Community Education will be opening its new IT hub tomorrow (Thursday) at its premises in…

Thurso bakery in line for national award

4th May 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

The managing director of an expanding bakery firm said that he was “moved to tears” when he found out it had been named as one of the best in Scotland. Gary Reid said he couldn’t hold back his emotions when he heard that Reids of Caithness, already a multi-award winner,…

Charity cash proves that Thurso team’s a winner

4th May 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

An amateur football club has proved it really is a winner. Not only did players secure cup success, they raised money to try to save their favourite Scottish Premier League team and made a donation towards cancer research in the name of a Caithness teacher who died at the start…

Thurso pupils in fundraising frenzy

2nd May 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

A Caithness secondary school has almost met its target in its attempt to rock all the way to Tayside this summer. After clinching the Highland title at Rock Challenge 2012 in Inverness in February, Thurso High pupils have been avidly preparing for the Scottish finals in Dundee on Wednesday, June…