Thousands turn out to cheer jubilee flotilla

18th June 2012 from Press and Journal

A queen, a cannon and jubilee flotilla all played a part as the Wick HarbourFest did its best to rival the official London celebrations for the Queen’s diamond jubilee at the weekend. The ceremony to mark 60 years of the monarch’s reign was combined with the town’s annual HarbourFest and…

Seafest music concert will kick-off maritime extravaganza

15th June 2012 from John O Groat Journal

The Wick Diamond Jubilee HarbourFest gets under way tonight with a showcasing of young local music talent. The Seafest Youth Music Concert at Wick harbour is taking place in the fish mart from 7pm to 11pm. Among the confirmed artists are Rowan Coghill, Mikie Henderson from the Chicken Pickers, and…

Cannon to go back to its roots

11th June 2012 from Press and Journal

A piece of Wick’s heritage will be restored to its original setting at the town’s harbour this week. The fog cannon, dating back to the late 1800s, was shifted to the riverside after being taken out of service. The relic lay abandoned, surrounded by grass and weeds, until Wick Harbour…

NOSN backs HarbourFest window competition

8th June 2012 from John O Groat Journal

With HarbourFest on the horizons, locals are being encouraged to get into the festive spirit. This year’s event takes place next weekend and has been tied in with the Queen’s diamond jubilee. A large number of visitors are expected to take part in the weekend’s activities, along with crews from…

Olympic torch bearers Louis Mackinnon and Andrew Sinclair get set to shine

8th June 2012 from John O Groat Journal

Two young men from Caithness have a number of “moments to shine” over the next few days. Andrew Sinclair and Louis Mackinnon, both from Wick, attended the Olympic media briefing at Inverness today and have been invited to take part in the BBC’s Question Time, which is being held in…

Chamber seeks aspiring Young Entrepreneurs

1st June 2012

Now in its third year, Caithness Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that the application process is now open for the George Bruce Young Entrepreneur Award 2012. Trudy Morris, chief executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious young business person to…

New chairman for Caithness Chamber of Commerce

1st June 2012

Stephen Sutherland, JGC Engineering and Technical Services Ltd, has been appointed as the Chair of the Caithness Chamber of Commerce. The appointment was made after Neil Robertson indicated that he would be standing down from the Chair.  Stephen’s appointment was unanimously agreed at the Board meeting held on Tuesday 29th…

Spend it Here loyalty scheme heralded a success

1st June 2012

Caithness Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Spend it Here’ loyalty card pilot has been heralded as a great success by participating retailers and customers. The “Spend it Here” loyalty scheme, which was developed as part of the Duo Town Centre strategy and funded through the Highland LEADER programme and the Nuclear Decommissioning…

HarbourFest on the crest of a wave thanks to historic boats

1st June 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Heritage boats with a combined age of 500 years will be amongst the attractions at Wick’s Diamond Jubilee HarbourFest this month. Event organisers are delighted with the response to their invitation for vessels to join the three days of celebrations, on June 15 to 17. Boats from throughout Scotland and…

Pupils join forces with app firm for social good

1st June 2012 from John O'Groat Journal

Wick High’s computing science department is the first in Scotland to be selected as a certified partner with Apps for Good, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to encourage young people to use technology to tackle problems for social good. The new third-year cohort of 55 students will be working with…