Sir, – We have had a most successful response to our appeal in November for sale records, catalogues and photographs relating to Thurso, Lybster and Forsinard auction marts.

Almost 300 people attended the exhibition in Forss Hall in mid-February and more than £1100 was collected and since presented to Cancer Research UK.

Fortunately, the exhibits (with the exception of Ian Matheson's chair) were safely deposited in the impressive Nucleus and Caithness Archives, in Wick, before the enforcement of the current regulations.

We wish to thank all who contributed to the success of this project – our many farming clients and friends, former colleagues, and the ladies of the archive whose enthusiasm was invaluable. A comprehensive record of this important period of livestock production and marketing in Caithness and Sutherland has now been preserved and will be available for inspection when the constraints are relaxed.

This project is on-going and so we look forward to happier times when further displays and exhibitions may be arranged.

Iain M Thomson

The Yetts,



Peter Mackay

6 Forss,



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