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TITLE
Fortrose - Decline in Local Amenities
EXTERNAL ID
PC_BLACK_ISLE_RAILWAY_10
PLACENAME
Fortrose
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Rosemarkie
DATE OF RECORDING
2006
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Hannah Alexander
SOURCE
Janine Donald
ASSET ID
2500
KEYWORDS
audios
railways
railroads
trains
stations
freight
goods trains

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The Black Isle Railway was originally a branch of the Highland Railway network. It carried passengers from 1894 until 1951 (freight until 1960) and ran from Muir of Ord to Fortrose with intermediary stations at Redcastle, Allangrange, Munlochy and Avoch.

In this audio extract from 2006, Hannah Alexander, a resident of Fortrose, talks about the decline in local amenities.

Hannah: Oh aye we were a long time in the bakery. I was very sad that we couldn't sell it as a going concern. It was just another service out of the community. There's practically nothing left. Very sad. When you go down, when you go down the street in the morning you'll not see a soul.

Interviewer: Yes, it is sad, isn't it?

Hannah: It is really. But then so many people now they don't put anything back into the community in which they live, you see? They don't shop locally. There's half of them don't go to church locally. They go to church in Inverness or Dingwall or Killearnan and it's just - It's different. Well, I mean although I say it myself we had a good, a very good going business. I mean we were busy. And people still speak about it, you know, and they'll say, 'Oh, you'll -' But we're fortunate we get bread from Avoch and we get bread from Cromarty. They're, they've still got a bakery in these two places. But we used to have two butchers, and we had I don't know how many grocers, and we had drapers. We had ironmongers, we'd a, we'd a very good ironmongers, we'd electricians. We haven't got anything now. It's just -, it's different.

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Fortrose - Decline in Local Amenities

ROSS: Rosemarkie

2000s

audios; railways; railroads; trains; stations; freight; goods trains;

Janine Donald

Am Baile: Memories of the Black Isle Railway

The Black Isle Railway was originally a branch of the Highland Railway network. It carried passengers from 1894 until 1951 (freight until 1960) and ran from Muir of Ord to Fortrose with intermediary stations at Redcastle, Allangrange, Munlochy and Avoch.<br /> <br /> In this audio extract from 2006, Hannah Alexander, a resident of Fortrose, talks about the decline in local amenities.<br /> <br /> Hannah: Oh aye we were a long time in the bakery. I was very sad that we couldn't sell it as a going concern. It was just another service out of the community. There's practically nothing left. Very sad. When you go down, when you go down the street in the morning you'll not see a soul. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Yes, it is sad, isn't it?<br /> <br /> Hannah: It is really. But then so many people now they don't put anything back into the community in which they live, you see? They don't shop locally. There's half of them don't go to church locally. They go to church in Inverness or Dingwall or Killearnan and it's just - It's different. Well, I mean although I say it myself we had a good, a very good going business. I mean we were busy. And people still speak about it, you know, and they'll say, 'Oh, you'll -' But we're fortunate we get bread from Avoch and we get bread from Cromarty. They're, they've still got a bakery in these two places. But we used to have two butchers, and we had I don't know how many grocers, and we had drapers. We had ironmongers, we'd a, we'd a very good ironmongers, we'd electricians. We haven't got anything now. It's just -, it's different.