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(Photo and information provided by BIC Treasurer Peter Furniss)

The Fortrose lunch club, now part of Black Isle Cares went on a lovely trip with Seagull Trust Cruises last Wednesday.

Seagull Trust cruises operate in four centres in Scotland, three in the central belt and one up here in the Highlands. In the Highlands they offer return trips to needy groups of all ages on the Caledonian Canal from a point near Tomnahurich Bridge Swing Bridge on the A82 Glenurquart Road, to Dochgarroch Locks, a total distance of 4.5 miles.

They use a purpose built boat that has internal lift and disabled toilet. It is manned by local volunteers including many from the Black Isle. Tea and coffee are provided and quite often, as was the case on Monday one of the volunteers leads a sing song accompanied by an accordion.

The Fortrose Lunch Club consists of 25 elderly ladies together with myself as the only man.  For many years they have received an invitation to apply for a trip and this year we were lucky enough to be asked again. There is no charge for this service and the only cost is the transport to and from the boat mooring point.

 I organised this trip. Most unfortunately this year our numbers were down because the funeral of Mary Macdonnell was held in Fortrose at 1.00 pm on the same day so only six attended. It was nevertheless a delightful way of spending a Monday afternoon enjoying a couple of hours in the early summer sunshine.

Peter Furniss

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