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TITLE
Martin Harrower & Blossom, Eastgate, Inverness
EXTERNAL ID
JTHOMSON_BOX4_0212
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF IMAGE
1994; 1995
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Jimmy Thomson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
18622
KEYWORDS
horses
Clydesdales
events
festivals
Martin Harrower & Blossom, Eastgate, Inverness

This photograph shows Mr Martin Harrower, from Carrbridge, with his horse, Blossom. They are standing in the Eastgate, Inverness and the year would have been around 1994-5. The young girl has recently been identified as Kimberley Menagh, whose father, Mitch, was in charge of the Salvation Army's Huntly House, at the time.

Blossom was a well known figure in Inverness and Mr Harrower would bring her up from Carrbridge to pull wedding carriages, or transport the Marymas Queen and her attendants. He also offered carriage rides for children and their families.

On this occasion, Blossom was helping with some Scottish SPCA fundraising. A profitable day was had by all; eight hundred pounds was raised for the charity and Blossom ate over 30 packets of Polo Mints!

In case that thought horrifies any dentists, Blossom did show some concern for her oral health. A week before her appearance at Eastgate, she was pictured in the paper getting spruced up with the aid of a giant sized toothbrush. Other appearances in the paper included Blossom being booked by a traffic warden for illegal parking on Ardross Terrace, and an unseasonal appearance with Santa Claus in the middle of summer.

'We did lots of daft things in those days', Mr Harrower added.

'People in Inverness used to visit her in Carrbridge and bring her carrots. I remember once a chauffeur guy stopped at the field and tipped out a whole sack of carrots for her. She must have thought it was Christmas!'

Though Blossom died a few years ago, Mr Harrower believes she will be remembered by many in the Inverness area.

'People trusted her. She was a very, very calm horse', he said. 'She never put a foot wrong and the smaller the child riding her, the calmer she was."

This image was recently highlighted in Am Baile's 'Picture Detective' feature, run in conjunction with the Inverness Courier. We are grateful to Mr Harrower for the information.


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Martin Harrower & Blossom, Eastgate, Inverness

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1990s

horses; Clydesdales; events; festivals

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

Jimmy Thomson Archive

This photograph shows Mr Martin Harrower, from Carrbridge, with his horse, Blossom. They are standing in the Eastgate, Inverness and the year would have been around 1994-5. The young girl has recently been identified as Kimberley Menagh, whose father, Mitch, was in charge of the Salvation Army's Huntly House, at the time.<br /> <br /> Blossom was a well known figure in Inverness and Mr Harrower would bring her up from Carrbridge to pull wedding carriages, or transport the Marymas Queen and her attendants. He also offered carriage rides for children and their families.<br /> <br /> On this occasion, Blossom was helping with some Scottish SPCA fundraising. A profitable day was had by all; eight hundred pounds was raised for the charity and Blossom ate over 30 packets of Polo Mints!<br /> <br /> In case that thought horrifies any dentists, Blossom did show some concern for her oral health. A week before her appearance at Eastgate, she was pictured in the paper getting spruced up with the aid of a giant sized toothbrush. Other appearances in the paper included Blossom being booked by a traffic warden for illegal parking on Ardross Terrace, and an unseasonal appearance with Santa Claus in the middle of summer.<br /> <br /> 'We did lots of daft things in those days', Mr Harrower added.<br /> <br /> 'People in Inverness used to visit her in Carrbridge and bring her carrots. I remember once a chauffeur guy stopped at the field and tipped out a whole sack of carrots for her. She must have thought it was Christmas!'<br /> <br /> Though Blossom died a few years ago, Mr Harrower believes she will be remembered by many in the Inverness area.<br /> <br /> 'People trusted her. She was a very, very calm horse', he said. 'She never put a foot wrong and the smaller the child riding her, the calmer she was."<br /> <br /> This image was recently highlighted in Am Baile's 'Picture Detective' feature, run in conjunction with the Inverness Courier. We are grateful to Mr Harrower for the information. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.