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Duke of Rothesay's visit to Rogart - August 2022

His Royal Highness Prince Charles Duke of Rothesay, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland Major General Patrick Marriott, visited Rogart to open the auction mart which has been refurbished as a music and cultural venue by the Rogart Development Trust with the support of a number of funders. The Prince met members of the Trust, members of the community and descendants of the mart’s founders. Entertainment was provided by accordionists from Monica Maclean’s Rogart Martistes, dancers from Rogart Primary School past and present, fiddle and accordion duo Eilidh Mackay and Georgie Maclennan, and singer Chrissie Allan. 

After the opening of the Mart, the prince met local veterans as he visited Rogart’s war memorial in its' 100th anniversary year.

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Lord Lieutenant's retirement - July 2022

The Lieutenancy has announced that Dr Monica Main will retire as Lord Lieutenant at the start of August after 17 years as the Queen’s representative in the county. In 2005 Dr Main became the first woman to be appointed Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland. The Lieutenancy team join the community in thanking Dr Main for her many years of service and wish her well in her retirement. The image shows Dr Main receiving her CVO (Commander of the Royal Victorian Order) at Holyrood Palace. The Royal Victorian Order recognises distinguished personal service to the Monarch and was awarded in recognition of Dr Main's service as Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland.

Dr Main will be succeeded by Major General Patrick Marriott who joined the Lieutenancy team as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2013, becoming Vice-Lord Lieutenant in 2021.

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Armed Forces Week flag raising - June 2022

On the Monday at the start of Armed Forces Week a number of members of the Lieutenancy team joined members of the Royal British Legion Scotland and veterans from the county in attending the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag at the Golspie war memorial. In addition the Lord Lieutenant Dr Monica Main made a special Long Service Medal presentation on behalf of SSAFA (Sutherland) to mark Jonathan Brett Young's 30 years of service to SSAFA.

 

After the flag raising and presentation refreshments were provided by the Friends of Sutherland Veterans.

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The Queen's Platinum Jubliee weekend - June 2022

The first weekend in June was the main Jubilee celebration weekend, marking 70 years since the Queen's Coronation, held on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London.

 

Events celebrating the Jubilee were held throughout the county and included: the lighting of beacons, community meals, ceilidhs, tree-planting, walks, church services and fetes.

Photos:  Community tea at Lairg, with Deputy Lieutenant Sheila Stewart (Row 1, L)

              Beacon lighting in Ardgay/ Bonar Bridge, photo credit Marc Foggin (Row 1, C)

              Tree planting at Bunillidh Church, Helmsdale, photo credit Bunillidh Church (Row 1, R)

              Sutherland Schools Pipe Band and Sutherland Caledonian Pipe Band playing at the Brora                           Jubilee Fete, photo credit Brora Primary School (Row 2, L)

              Vice Lieutenant Major General Patrick Marriott, Ali Ross and Winston the Bear fire the canon 

                  at the start of the Dornoch Street Party, photo credit Catherine MacCulloch (Row 2, C)

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Golspie welcomes refugees from Ukraine - May 2022

3 refugees from Ukraine have arrived in Golspie and are being hosted by Vice Lord Lieutenant Major General Patrick Marriott and his family. Patrick commented that "The village and the community council have rallied around this incredibly. Offers have come in, between three or four calls a day, providing help in so many different ways. Whether it is lending of bicycles for transport, or offers of work.Offers of work, in fact, have been quite important as the girls want to pay something back. Not just paying us back, but paying the community back as well, so they are keen to work in the community and that is being arranged at the moment."

Mrs Marriott, secretary of Golspie Community Council observed "This is very much a community effort. We realise as a community council that if we can provide good support for refugees and, crucially, for hosting families as well, it would be better done on a community level."

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Battle of Littleferry Memorial Dedication - April 2022

The dedication took place on 15 April 2022 of the memorial to those who fell, from both sides, during the Battle of Littleferry 1746. The Lord Lieutenant, Dr Monica Main, laid a wreath on behalf of the Sutherland Lieutenancy, wreaths were also laid by the Royal British Legion and descendants of those who fought on both sides of the battle. Vice Lord Lieutenant Major General Patrick Marriott initiated the idea of the memorial and battlefield trail, gathering a project team together which then took the idea forward.

Pipers from Sutherland Caledonian Pipe Band, Sutherland Schools Pipe Band and Tain Pipe Band played 'The Battle of Littleferry' written by SSPB Pipe Major April Sutherland, the dedication was given and Henrietta Marriott gave a moving speech on behalf of her husband.

 

Link: YouTube -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5WGxaW5zgg

Link: BBC Out of Doors, at 1:12:16 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00167y9

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Margaret Payne of Lochinver receiving her BEM - March 2022

Mrs Margaret Payne is shown receiving her BEM (British Empire Medal) from Vice Lord Lieutenant Patrick Marriott at a lunch hosted by Mrs Margaret Vestey.

Mrs Payne was awarded her BEM in recognition of her community work, having raised almost £400,000 for NHS Charities Together and Highland Hospice during lockdown by climbing the equivalent height of Suilven on her stairs at home.

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Helmsdale planting for the Queen's Green Canopy - March 2022

Deputy Lieutenant Catriona Whitfield is pictured with the Helmsdale Woodlanders planting native saplings in the New Marrel wood in the strath above Helmsdale. The saplings were donated as part of the Queen's Green Canopy (QGC) Jubilee Celebrations.

The Green Canopy is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. Further information is available at queensgreencanopy.org

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Opening of the Community Bothy Ardgay - March 2022

Deputy Lieutenant Christine Mackay is pictured opening the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust's new Community Bothy in Ardgay.

KoSDT manager David Watson gave a short address to invited guests, as did Ms Mackay and project manager Beverley Hill. The Community Larder will operate as a food larder and social space, helping to reduce food waste and support the community.

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Remembrance Sunday 2021

Following the restricted events of 2020, the Lieutenancy team was able to join with our communities in marking Remembrance Sunday with services and parades at many memorials across the county in order that those who gave their lives in conflict might be remembered.

Photos: Deputy Lieutenant David Grant laying the wreath at the Assynt War Memorial in Lochinver. (L)

             Deputy Lieutenant Christine Mackay laying the wreath at Creich War Memorial (Below L)

             Deputy Lieutenant Kim Tulloch laying the wreath at Dornoch War Memorial (Below C)

             Deputy Lieutenant Catriona Whitfield attending the service at Helmsdale War Memorial (BelowR)

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Armed Forces Day - June 2021

Armed Forces Day 2021 was marked in a quietly with a flag raising at both Drummuie and in Golspie.  The Lieutenancy was represented by Vice Lord-Lieutenant Lt Col Colin Gilmour.

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100th anniversary of Royal British Legion Scotland - June 2021

18 June marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal British Legion Scotland. The occasion was marked in Golspie by laying a wreath and toast to the founder, Field Marshall Haig, and to the next 100 years of RBLS.

Major Alisdair Miller laid the wreath on behalf of the RBLS Golspie branch and Kenny McAulay read out the toast on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant.

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100th anniversary of Rosehall War Memorial - June 2021

12 June saw a gathering of descendants of those named on the Rosehall War Memorial in order to mark the 100th anniversary of the Memorial's unveiling. The Rosehall Memorial was the first to be unveiled in Sutherland after WW1. Vice Lord-Lieutenant Lt Col Colin Gilmour welcomed everyone before Layla Dalton piped When the Battle’s O’er.

Wreaths were then laid on behalf of the Sutherland Lieutenancy by Lt Col Gilmour, on behalf of Creich & Kincardine branch of Legion Scotland by David Hannah and on behalf of the Lovat Scouts by Hermione Lee, whose great-great-grandfather Allan Gilmour is named on the memorial.  As each name on the memorial was read, a small cross of remembrance was laid by either a family descendant or another of those assembled.

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David Beaumont, Brora, 100th birthday - May 2021

In May this year David Beaumont celebrated his 100th birthday. Born in Invergordon Mr Beaumont has lived in Brora for 60 years. Mr Beaumont served with the 51st Highland Division which was forced to surrender after offering heroic resistance at St Valery-en-Caux in 1940. He eventually escaped after nearly five years in a PoW camp.

The photograph is of Mr & Mrs Beaumont with a piper from the Sutherland Schools Pipe Band and local members of the Royal British Legion Scotland who delivered a card to Mr Beaumont which celebrated both his and the Legion's 100 years. Mr Beaumont also received a 100th birthday card from Her Majesty the Queen.

Photograph: Kenny Mcaulay

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Annie Baxendale, Dornoch, 100th birthday - May 2021

On  Sunday 16 May Mrs Annie Baxendale celebrated her 100th Birthday at the Meadows Care Home in Dornoch recently with her daughter Mrs Kim Tulloch DL and her family.

Dr Monica Main the Lord-Lieutenant presented her with a card from the Queen and the Meadows provided canapés and musical entertainment.

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Northern Pilgrims' Way launch event - May 2021

The Lord Lieutenant Dr Main attended a service at St Duthus Church, Tain to dedicate and launch the Northern Pilgrims' Way. The event was restricted because of pandemic restrictions but the weather compensated with warm sunshine and blue skies.

 

The route re-establishes the medieval pilgrimage route between Tain and Kirkwall. 

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The Duke of Edinburgh 1921 - 2021

On 9 April 2021 Buckingham Palace announced the death of the Duke of Edinburgh:

 

"It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. ​His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Dr Main, Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland said: "The death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh has been met with a sense of great sadness. On behalf of the Lieutenancy and the people of Sutherland, I extend our deepest sympathy to Her Majesty the Queen and to all members of the Royal Family."

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Remembrance Sunday 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic Remembrance events were not able to take place in the way in which they normally would throughout Sutherland. Instead wreaths were laid individually by the Lieutenancy team and others at the many memorials across the county in order that those who gave their lives in conflict might be remembered.

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Queen's Birthday Honours - October 2020

In recognition of her community work, Margaret Payne of Lochinver was awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal). Mrs Payne raised almost £400,000 for NHS Charities Together and Highland Hospice by climbing the equivalent height of Suilven on her stairs at home.

In recognition of her service as Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland Dr Main was awarded CVO (Commander of the Royal Victorian Order). The Royal Victorian Order recognises distinguished personal service to the Monarch.

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Commemorating VJ day - August 2020

Members of the Golspie branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland marked VJ (Victory in Japan) Day in August. 

A small parade took place at the village’s War Memorial after which branch secretary Kenny McAulay gave a short address. There followed a two minute silence and the laying of wreaths by Deputy Lieutenant, Major General Patrick Marriott, on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant; and Peter Polson MBE on behalf of the Golspie branch. Maj Gen Marriott went on to propose a toast to and paid tribute to those who made it through some of the most difficult times in our military history.

Photograph: RBLS, Golspie branch

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New Members of the Lieutenancy Team - July 2020

The following appointments appeared in the London and Edinburgh Gazettes of July 2020.

The Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland, Dr Monica Main has recently appointed the following as Deputy Lieutenants of Sutherland:

 

Christine Mackay of Ardgay,

Graeme Smart of Kinlochbervie, and

Catriona Whitfield of Loth.

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Laying the Community Wreath, Brora - January 2020

Brora paid tribute to its war dead at the village’s annual New Year’s Day wreath laying ceremony. Local resident Morag Sutherland was invited to lay the community wreath by event organisers, Friends of Clyne War Memorial Association.

 

The Lord Lieutenant, Dr Main, attended the ceremony along with her cadet, Hunter Ross. Piper Danny Parkin played a lament from the top of the war memorial before and after the ceremony.

Sixty men and one woman from the parish gave their lives in WWI.

Photograph: Friends of Clyne War Memorial

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New Year's Honours List - December 2019

In recognition of her community work and services to Art, Heritage and the community of Helmsdale, Penelope Ann Woodley of Gartymore, was awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal). 

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Sutherland Remembers - November 2019

Services were held at war memorials throughout Sutherland in memory of those who gave their lives in WW1, WW2 and other recent conflicts.

 

The Vice Lord Lieutenant Lt Col Colin Gilmour joined the community of Rosehall, taking part in the service and laying a wreath on behalf of the Lieutenancy.

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The Royal Lancers visit - June 2019

A Squadron of The Royal Lancers were in the North on exercise and attended a special wreath laying ceremony at Golspie War Memorial.

 

They were joined by the Lord Lieutenant Dr Monica Main, Deputy Lieutenant Maj Gen Patrick Marriott, members of the public, Royal British Legion Scotland and the Royal Naval Association. It was a very moving service.

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Lord Lieutenant's Cadet - June 2019

Cadet Sergeant Hunter Ross, from Dornoch Detachment 1st Battalion The Highlanders, ACF, has been appointed Lord Lieutenant's Cadet.

 

After inspecting the Detachment the Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland, Dr Main presented Sgt Ross with his certificate of appointment. The presentation was attended by Ross Company Commander Major George MacDonald as well as members of Sgt Ross's family.

As Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet, Sgt Ross will attend events which the Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland attends in her capacity as Her Majesty The Queen's appointed representative of the area.

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Jellicoe Express Centenary - May 2019

The Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland, Dr Main, joined primary school pupils from across the Far North attending celebrations in the Flow Country to mark the centenary of the final World War I journey of the Royal Navy train - the Jellicoe Express.

The Flows to the Future (FTTF) project team and RSPB Scotland hosted a day of activities at the Forsinard Flows Nature Reserve while the nearby Forsinard railway station received a commemorative plaque. The Jellicoe Express service was originally used in WWI to transport naval personnel from Euston to Thurso, from where they travelled on to Orkney's Scapa Flow naval base. Forsinard was the penultimate stop before Thurso and it was where the engines would take on additional water.

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Sapphire Wedding Anniversary - March 2019

Joey and John Duncan, of Brora, celebrated their sapphire wedding anniversary and marked 65 years with a small family gathering in the Cambusavie Unit in Golspie, where Joey was being cared for by the staff.

Amongst the many gifts received were a bouquet of flowers from the Lord Lieutenant, Dr Main, and a card from Queen Elizabeth.