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Aberdeen Angus World Forum at Dingwall Mart

On Monday 28 June Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, attended the Dingwall Mart to formally greet the delegates from 20 plus countries.

She said:

It is really good to see such a truly international gathering of enthusiastic folk, all focusing on a shared interest and passion for our Aberdeen Angus Cattle.

I was brought up in Easter Ross surrounded by black cattle, not perhaps as pure a pedigree we see here today, but nevertheless I have a deep love for these beautiful animals.
Actually, we also had two Jersey House cows that I loved, and I used to hide in their stalls whenever I had French Lessons as my teacher was terrified of Cattle - as a result my French skills are not great!

I am sure I speak for The Highland Area Aberdeen Angus Club when I say what an honour it is to be able to hold this event in The Dingwall Mart. It is particularly fitting as it is the Club’s 40th Anniversary this year. I understand the last Forum held in UK was 1977 and this is a first for the Highlands. It is a once in a generation event and it seems that of the almost 30 breeding herds in the Highlands and Islands 20 + are present today, which is a great achievement.

What a wealth of knowledge, breeding, folk lore and history there must be gathered here. Since 1977, forty years ago, there have been so many changes to our way of life, stock control, land management, breeding methods and, much more. And then you only have to look at the Drovers exhibition upstairs and realise how down the years animal management changes and develops. We continue to be in a period of change and development worldwide, and who knows what the Aberdeen Angus story will be in another forty years.

Today has been special, and there are many people to thank for making it so special, but I would like to thank all you, the delegates, for coming all the way to the Highlands of Scotland, from many diverse parts of the world.

Aberdeen Angus World Forum at Dingwall Mart

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Visit to Cromarty by His Royal Highness Prince Edward

On Monday 26 June, Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh welcomed His Royal Highness Prince Edward to Cromarty.

During the day His Royal Highness carried out a number of engagements meeting a wide variety of the local community.

On landing at the Links the royal party were received by the Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Mrs Janet Bowen with cadet Flight Sergeant Jasmine Henderson in attendance.

The first visit was to Victoria Hall for a lunch with guests, including Mrs Anne Short MBE, a former resident of the Falkland Islands who is greatly involved in the community alongside High Life Highland Youth Development Officer, Wanda Mackay.

After lunch the Avoch Sea Scouts formed a Guard of Honour outside Victoria Hall and Vice Convenor of The Highland Council, Councillor Isabelle Campbell and Black Isle Councillor Jennifer Barclay were presented with a wide range of community groups.

This was followed a visit to Cromarty Primary School to open the new wing, where the Prince met a full length portrait of himself made by the children.

This was followed by visits to The Court House and The East Church, where the Prince was invited to 'ring the bell'.

After that Prince Edward went to the Harbour to meet the staff of Ecoventures and the crew of the village skiff.

He finished his day with a visit to Cromarty Brewery.

Photographs are provided by the Press and Journal amongst others.

Visit to Cromarty by His Royal Highness Prince Edward

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Blue Flash Challenge 2017

Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, attended a number of events in Strathpeffer over the weekend of 24 and 25 June, in support of Blue Flash Challenge 2017.

The Blue Flash Challenge is an annual event run for charity by the veterans of the Fourth Royal Tank regiment. The colour blue was used to distinguish the Fourth from the other Tank Regiment, who used other colours.

The weekend comprised a number of events. These include a 24 hour endurance trek from Fort Augustus to Strathpeffer. Teams were entered from the Royal Tank Regiment, REME, veterans and Serco, amongst others. This was followed by a Shinty match between an all Army team and a scratch Caberfeidh team. In the evening Skipinish played at a ceilidh. Finally, on Sunday there was a moving Church Parade which took note of the fact that no less than four sons of the Strathpeffer area died in the First World War whilst serving in the Heavy Machine Gun Corps, which was the immediate predecessor to the Tank Corps. The family of one family brought to the service the fiddle which their relative had taken to the trenches, and it was played again in public for the first time since then, a hundred years on.

Blue Flash Challenge 2017

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Award of the Elizabeth Cross

On Friday 23 June Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, was pleased to present Mrs Debbie Crosby, with the Elizabeth Cross on behalf of her Majesty The Queen.

The Elizabeth Cross is awarded to a recognised next of kin of a member of the armed forces killed in action or as the result of a terrorist attack.

Mrs Crosby was accompanied by her son and daughter, children of her husband Sgt William Johnson of the Royal Signals who died in Northern Ireland

Award of the Elizabeth Cross

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Maryburgh Garden of Remembrance

On Tuesday 20 June, Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, attended the opening of the a small memorial garden in Maryburgh beside the Amenity Hall, to remember the fallen.

The garden was formally opened by Lt Col Andy Mackay, a son of the village who left age 16 and who has progressed through the rank; he retires next week.

A number of volunteers had created the garden supported by financial contributions from the Dingwall and Beauly branches of the Royal British Legion.

Maryburgh Garden of Remembrance

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Armed Forces Week - Raising the Flag

On Monday 19 June Mrs Janet Bowen, Lord-Lieutenant for Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, attended the Council Buildings in Dingwall to be present at the Raising of the Flag at the commencement Of Armed Forces week.

The ceremony was attended by a number of veterans and Councillors.

The Armed Forces Day flag, which encourages people to show their support for the services, was raised by Morris Colven, branch secretary of Dingwall's Royal British Legion.

Armed Forces Week - Raising the Flag

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