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Lord-Lieutenant presents 100th birthday card from HM The Queen

FRIENDS and family of a Ross-shire woman celebrating a very special birthday came from far and wide to mark the milestone with her this week.

Celebrating her 100th birthday was Mrs Jessie MacKenzie who for more than 40 years ran the post office at Knockfarrel.

Jessie was joined by family, friends and fellow residents at the Ballifeary House residential home in Inverness, where she has stayed happily for the past year and a half. Prior to moving there, she lived alone at Knockfarrel, which had been her home for some 86 years.

As a schoolgirl she would walk to school at Fodderty Primary from her home at Raven's Rock near Achterneed.

Jessie Mackenzie cuts her birthday cake, with, from left, daughters Margaret, Annabell and son Neil Innes. Phil Downie 01463 831249

Celebrating with her on Tuesday this week were her son, Neil and daughters Margaret and Annabel. Also sharing the special day were most of her six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren - including a contingent from San Diego in the United States. Neil's youngest son, Timothy, accompanied by his wife and three children, visit the area every second year around Christmas and, happily, were able to make it across from the States for the big day.

Jessie's daughter Margaret, who lives in Conon Bridge, said her mother had greatly enjoyed the day, during which she received a card of congratulations from the Queen, brought in person by Lord Lieutenant, Janet Bowen. Her former minister, the Rev Jim Abernethy and Rev Angus MacRae from Dingwall, also attended.

Lord-Lieutenant presents 100th birthday card from HM The Queen

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 24/12/2009

Honours Paid to Ross Veterans

Lord-Lieutenant of Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh, Janet Bowen presented the badges to those who had served in the armed forces from all over the county at the Council Buildings in Dingwall.

In a brief introduction before talking individually to each veteran Mrs Bowen paid tribute to the service given to their country and thanked them on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

Some of the recipients had served in WWII, while others had served in more recent times.

Honours Paid to Ross Veterans

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 30/11/2009

Armed Forces Day June 2009

Article By Dave Thompson MSP

I was privileged to be asked to take part in the parade in Dingwall which marched from the Royal British Legion along the High Street to the War Memorial and back.

The parade was very well attended with all ages from very young cadets to proud veterans taking part. At the end of the parade Lord Lieutenant, Janet Bowen presented around 50 Veterans Badges to men and women from Ross-shire who served in the forces.

The Armed Forces Day is to be an annual event and I hope it will grow as the years go on as it is extremely important to mark the service given to our country by our dedicated forces personnel, who make many sacrifices on our behalf.

Armed Forces Day June 2009

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 17/11/2009

Dingwall Volunteer Honoured

A DEDICATED Dingwall volunteer who has helped thousands of people overcome their troubles through her 26-year service with the Citizens' Advice Bureau has been awarded the MBE.

Joan Healey was presented with her MBE by Janet Bowen, Lord Lieutenant of Ross, Cromarty and Skye.

The MBE recognises her long service with the Citizens' Advice Bureau which started 26 years ago in Caithness.

Mrs Healey, who lives in Bayne Drive, Dingwall, currently volunteers at the Dingwall office where during her time as a general adviser she has helped thousands of people.

Her casework and dedication is described as being unparalleled and she takes various changes and demands within the service in her stride.

Dingwall Volunteer Honoured

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 17/11/2009

Prince Charles Visits Strathpeffer

The visit on 4 June by His Royal Highness The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay was a splendid day, greatly enjoyed by everyone who met them, or simply saw them, including the many people standing outside. Strathpeffer Primary School turned out in force!

Prince Charles Visits Strathpeffer

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Posted by the Lieutenancy on 05/06/2009

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