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TITLE
Pole raising ceremony at Kyle of Lochalsh
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_16_017
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
DATE OF IMAGE
22 May 1946
PERIOD
1940s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
9248
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
Kyle of Lochalsh
Stirling of Fairburn
Pole raising ceremony at Kyle of Lochalsh

Mrs Stirling of Fairburn, wife of Sir John Stirling, was given the honour of raising the hydro-electric pole marking the beginning of construction for the Lochalsh area. This occurred on 22nd May 1946, with the actual switch on, putting electricity into homes in the area, taking place in December 1948. Thomas Johnston is seen here assisting Mrs Stirling.

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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Pole raising ceremony at Kyle of Lochalsh

ROSS: Lochalsh

1940s

hydro-electric; Kyle of Lochalsh; Stirling of Fairburn

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

Mrs Stirling of Fairburn, wife of Sir John Stirling, was given the honour of raising the hydro-electric pole marking the beginning of construction for the Lochalsh area. This occurred on 22nd May 1946, with the actual switch on, putting electricity into homes in the area, taking place in December 1948. Thomas Johnston is seen here assisting Mrs Stirling.<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>