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TITLE
Hydro Electric Exhibition at Buckie
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_17_014
PLACENAME
Buckie
DISTRICT
Buckie
DATE OF IMAGE
July 1967
PERIOD
1960s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
9276
KEYWORDS
appliances
showrooms
cookers
Hydro Electric Exhibition at Buckie

By the mid-1960s electricity was available to most communities in the Highlands. The North of Scotland Hydro Board had established shops on the High Street of most towns, and also took every opportunity to promote and display goods and services available. Often these displays were accompanied by demonstrations showing the features of the newest electrical appliances.

This photograph shows a display organized by the Buckie Round Table Club. The North of Scotland Hydro Board crest is prominently displayed on a tartan backdrop, and a range of smart new cookers lined up in front. Smaller household appliances such as kettles, toasters, irons and food mixers were displayed on one table and a range of other workplace appliances were on show opposite.

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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Hydro Electric Exhibition at Buckie

1960s

appliances; showrooms; cookers

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

By the mid-1960s electricity was available to most communities in the Highlands. The North of Scotland Hydro Board had established shops on the High Street of most towns, and also took every opportunity to promote and display goods and services available. Often these displays were accompanied by demonstrations showing the features of the newest electrical appliances.<br /> <br /> This photograph shows a display organized by the Buckie Round Table Club. The North of Scotland Hydro Board crest is prominently displayed on a tartan backdrop, and a range of smart new cookers lined up in front. Smaller household appliances such as kettles, toasters, irons and food mixers were displayed on one table and a range of other workplace appliances were on show opposite.<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>