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TITLE
Community Clipping at Lerinbeg, Durness, July 1967
EXTERNAL ID
PC_HIGHLANDLIVESTOCK_103
PLACENAME
Durness
DISTRICT
Eddrachillis and Durness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Durness
DATE OF IMAGE
July 1967
PERIOD
1960s
SOURCE
Highland Livestock Heritage Society
ASSET ID
23545
KEYWORDS
sheep shearing
wool trade
Community Clipping at Lerinbeg, Durness, July 1967

Caie White rolling wool.

These photos show a scene from a long vanished ritual - the annual gathering by local crofters for the communal sheep clipping at Smoo fanks, Lerinbeg, Durness in early July 1967.

The communal clipping, all done by hand, is no more, with electric shears having replaced the manual instruments, although the fanks are still used for communal dipping. It was a great day for local youngsters, who tended to treat it as a kind of picnic-cum-party as those attending usually took their packed lunches with them and brewed up tea in situ. The fanks were situated next to a wartime radar station which was taken out of mothballs again during the Cold War, between about 1948 and 1954, before a newer version was completed at Balnakeil a couple of miles farther west. This did create one or two problems as the clipped sheep tended to wander away across Lerinbeg peninsula, among the radar pylons and camouflaged huts.

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Community Clipping at Lerinbeg, Durness, July 1967

SUTHERLAND: Durness

1960s

sheep shearing; wool trade

Highland Livestock Heritage Society

Highland Livestock Heritage Society photographs

Caie White rolling wool.<br /> <br /> These photos show a scene from a long vanished ritual - the annual gathering by local crofters for the communal sheep clipping at Smoo fanks, Lerinbeg, Durness in early July 1967. <br /> <br /> The communal clipping, all done by hand, is no more, with electric shears having replaced the manual instruments, although the fanks are still used for communal dipping. It was a great day for local youngsters, who tended to treat it as a kind of picnic-cum-party as those attending usually took their packed lunches with them and brewed up tea in situ. The fanks were situated next to a wartime radar station which was taken out of mothballs again during the Cold War, between about 1948 and 1954, before a newer version was completed at Balnakeil a couple of miles farther west. This did create one or two problems as the clipped sheep tended to wander away across Lerinbeg peninsula, among the radar pylons and camouflaged huts.