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TITLE
Kyle of Lochalsh Fisherman's Gala
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_9_015
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1980s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8867
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
raft race
fisherman's gala
ferry slipway
Kyle of Lochalsh Fisherman's Gala

In the 1980s an annual summer community event in Kyle of Lochalsh was the Fisherman's Gala. The local Hydro workers were always called upon to enter the festivities, in this case, the raft race. Pictured here on the ferry slipway at Kyle, colourful competitors, supporters and rafts of all descriptions are lining up ready for the race to start.

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; raft race; fisherman's gala; ferry slipway

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

In the 1980s an annual summer community event in Kyle of Lochalsh was the Fisherman's Gala. The local Hydro workers were always called upon to enter the festivities, in this case, the raft race. Pictured here on the ferry slipway at Kyle, colourful competitors, supporters and rafts of all descriptions are lining up ready for the race to start.<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><br />