Looking back – news from the John O’Groat Journal of yesteryear
Bignold hospital costs
Oatmeal from September 23, 1921
Administrators at Bignold Hospital in Wick had agreed on rates of “contribution” for patients admitted to the wards.
The hospital had experienced “greatly increased maintenance costs” and officials believed it was “the general desire of the patients themselves that there be a set principle of expected contributions from patients who are able to make a contribution “.
It was agreed that at least 20 seconds per week could be reasonably expected from patients admitted to public wards, when patient circumstances permitted.
Patients admitted to the private ward could expect to pay between £ 3 3 and 5 5 per week, but this fee could be reduced if the patient’s circumstances did not allow it.
It was also agreed that the private service would be available to all poor patients requiring isolation, free of charge, when the service was vacant.
Meanwhile, Wick City Council staff were busy repairing sections of High Street and Bridge Street.
The roads, which had suffered from lack of maintenance during the war, had been “re-metallized and rolled”.
The council had a complete and efficient new factory for road works, which included metal crushing machines, a road scarifier and a steam roller.
The port route has not been added to the upgrade list
Oatmeal from September 24, 1971
The artery known as Long Shore Road or Harbor Road was not to be included in Wick City Council’s latest public works list suggested for the government’s special assistance program, despite its deteriorating condition.
Described at a meeting of the board’s administration committee as “no man’s land,” the road had fallen into disuse over the previous two decades.
Burgh surveyor Alex S Begg said it was an “estate road” and not the responsibility of the council, while the Port Trust also said it was not. owner.
At one time, the road provided valuable access for those associated with the port industry, including the curing of fish, but those times had changed and the council now had other priorities.
Not only had the road deteriorated, but the wall next to it had become unstable. A councilor felt that it would be used a lot more if these problems could be corrected, but in the end, the committee decided that upgrading other busier arteries would be more beneficial to the city.
Elsewhere, James Morrison had retired as director of Fred Shearer Ltd, Wick, after 33 years of service.
A special function was organized to mark his departure which was attended by senior staff members as well as company directors who had driven north of Edinburgh for the occasion.
Scrabster ready to harness the potential
Oatmeal from September 27, 1996
A dramatic increase in the amount of fish landed at Scrabster was poised to create new jobs in downstream industry such as processing.
Harbor Trust Managing Director Ronnie Sampson had revealed that part of the land reclaimed from the sea had been set aside for processors and talks had taken place with a number of potential developers, including British agents of a fleet of Russian trawlers.
News of the interest came as the trust prepared to appoint financial advisers to raise £ 30million for an oil basin in Scrabster.
Fish landings at the port fell from £ 2million in 1986 to £ 25million the year before, but nothing has been processed locally. He just went south on a truck.
The transformation at Scrabster would add value and create new jobs.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles’ visit to the Wick Heritage Center was “one of the big days” for the award-winning museum, according to Wick Society president Iain Sutherland.
The prince had made his visit seven years after the Queen Mother opened the new art gallery there as part of the city’s Quaternary celebrations.
Mr Sutherland said the prince was knowledgeable and interested in the exhibits.
Previously, he had visited the recently opened Laurandy Center, where he had chatted with the elderly who frequented the facility.