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13 May 07
Opening Of Thrumster Station Garden
After much planning and fund raising the combined efforts of local Thrumster groups and individuals has culminated in the opening of Thrumster Station garden.

Arras MacKay and Jim Rosie cutting the ribbon. Arras worked there as a young man, and continued on the railway in Wick after the little Wick/Lybster line closed, as did Jim's father. Jim and his brother and sister were born in the station-master's house next door. His sister, Elizabeth and his daughter attended the ceremony. Jim talked of the very happy times he and his family had spent at Thrumster and hoped everyone would enjoy the new garden, and the building when it is eventually restored. 4 generations of Arras's family were there.


The children and their teachers all worked very hard to create their garden, which was based on their own designs. Tannach and District Community Council donated 4 half whisky barrels, already planted, so we now await the growth of grass, trees, and all the flowers, bulbs and seeds that the children planted.

Iain Sutherland, who gave a great deal of help and advice early on, was present.

This was a combined effort on the part of Thrumster Primary School, the Yarrows Heritage Trust. Highland Council's Ranger, Lindsay Duncan helped and produced tools and gloves for the workers. We would like to thank Alastair Bremner of Bardon Aggregates, who helped with the bid for money to the Community Renewal Fund run by Forward Scotland.