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TITLE
Kyle of Lochalsh Fisherman's Gala
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_9_014
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1980s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8865
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
Lochalsh
raft race
Fisherman's Gala
Kyle of Lochalsh Fisherman's Gala

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In the 1980s, the local Hydro workers were always involved in the festivities for the annual Fisherman's Gala at Kyle of Lochalsh. Pictured here is the 'Vital Sparkies' entry in the raft race. Whether or not they were first across the finishing line and with somewhat dubious raft building skills, their enthusiasm and colourful entry left no doubt of their community spirit!

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.

Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.

The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000


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Kyle of Lochalsh Fisherman's Gala

ROSS: Lochalsh

1980s

hydro-electric; Lochalsh; raft race; Fisherman's Gala

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

Do you recognise anyone in this photograph? If so, please <a href="http://ambaile.com/en/feedback/show_feedback_page.html">contact us</a><br /> <br /> In the 1980s, the local Hydro workers were always involved in the festivities for the annual Fisherman's Gala at Kyle of Lochalsh. Pictured here is the 'Vital Sparkies' entry in the raft race. Whether or not they were first across the finishing line and with somewhat dubious raft building skills, their enthusiasm and colourful entry left no doubt of their community spirit!<br /> <br /> The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.<br /> <br /> Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.<br /> <br /> The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000 <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>