One of the biggest squirrels in the Highlands features on the cover of our Summer edition along with the artist who decorated him, Sarah Dunton from Avoch. Hector will be part of the Go Nuts trail raising money for Highland Hospice. You’ll be able to see him on Rosehaugh Estate.

Another hospice fundraiser is Martin Gill, from Easter Templand, who reports on his glittering time in Strictly Inverness. He may not have won but he set a new record for raising money.

Someone else with records in sight is young Fortrose athlete Lucas Cairns who competed in the Mini Marathon in London, held the same day as the full marathon. We learn all about his big day and his hopes for the future.

Still in Fortrose, we meet Anne Balfour, proud new author of Archie’s Lights, which tells the story of her former husband and his colleagues who for many years made sure that lighthouses were beacons of safety around our coast.

Also looking back is another Fortrose resident, Diana Hamilton-Jones, whose ancestor James Braidwood was the father of the modern Fire Service and who will be honoured this month with a service in St Andrew’s Episcopal Church to mark the anniversary of his death in 1861.

Cromarty is busy, as usual. We report on the launch of the village trishaw service, enjoy some of the fine work produced by members of the camera club, and look ahead to its open gardens and festival of floral art.

One of the stars of Cromarty’s recent crime weekend was ex-Met detective Neil Lancaster, who’s found a new home on the edge of Millbuie Forest. Going Dark, his debut thriller, has already garnered some enthusiastic reviews. He tells us how he turned to writing.

In Rosemarkie we say hello to the new minister, the Rev Dr Warren Beattie, and goodbye to Philip Eley, who’s hung up his apron after many years behind the counter at the Beach Cafe.

All this, and more, and we’re still only £1.50. Buy your copy today!

Russell Turner
Editor

 

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