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50 Years ago in Caithness

50 years ago Friday, May 2, 1952 

A WAR memorial tablet had been unveiled at Miller Academy in Thurso by 
Brigadier G.D.K. Murray, of Castletown, in memory of former pupils who had 
made the supreme sacrifice in World War Two. The ceremony was attended by a 
representative gathering and included relatives of the fallen. Brigadier 
Murray said the sacrifice of the former pupils had “preserved for us our 
freedom and established for all free nations the principles of liberty and 
A CEREMONY had taken place at Thurso Castle on Saturday evening when the Hon. 
Mr and Mrs Robin Sinclair were met by a representative number of Ulbster 
Estate employees. The couple were presented with “a silver coffee pot on the 
occasion of their recent marriage and as a token of the high esteem in which 
they are held”.
ELECTRIC street lighting had been installed in the village of Lybster. The 
John O’Groat Journal reported that the power had been switched on for the 
first time on Wednesday night. The people of Lybster, whose streets had 
formerly been illuminated by oil lamps, had “patiently awaited the electrical 
WICK and district had experienced its lowest April rainfall for 10 years. 
That, said a report in the Groat, was the period in which official records 
had been taken but it was likely that it had been the driest April for a 
considerably longer time. The records showed that 0.49 inches of rain fell in 
April 1952; the average for the month over the previous 10 years had been 
1.85 inches, and for the last five years the figure was 2.01 inches.    
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