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The Marine Hotel putting green.
Picture added on 22 March 2005
How the other half lived in the heart of Rosemarkie.anyone for putting?.holiday makers to the Marine Hotel.enjoying the fresh sea air.not a local to be seen!.
on 28 May 2013
John, the absence of locals is not really surprising as this was the Marine's private putting green for guests. It was still in use when I worked in the hotel as a student in 1958 as the "boy" and one of my duties was to sweep out the games room which was the building adjacent to the green, now the "Crofters' Bistro". My job was one of the few seasonal jobs available to local students, others being at the golf course, tennis courts or on postal deliveries.
I worked under Jock Owens whose words and deeds as "John the Boots" are legendary among those of us who experienced life in the Marine at that time. I was paid three pounds ten shillings (£3.50) a week plus all meals. These were worth quite a lot being mainly surplus from the dining room. When chicken was on the menu, only the white meat was used and the chef used to give us the entire remainder of the carcass!
I started at 6.30am, the first task being to clean the shoes left outside guests' bedrooms - a job particularly despised by Jock.
The dining room and house staff comprised locals and others from farther afield. At my time, local students Janice MacLeman (nee Mackay)and Doreen Mackintosh (nee Macleman) were waitresses. Then there were always a few from Stornaway, some of whom like Katy Mary Sutherland and Georgina Hossack married local men and are still here.
on 04 June 2013
Ian I don't think you quite got my drift, I was merely using my sense of humour which obviously was lost on you. Of course I realise it was for residents only but us locals could be seen looking on. I never went to college or university but I too am Rosemarkie born & bred my education was life's experiences & I may add I have a very healthy memory which is all things Rosemarkie. There's a lot of us still around, we all had jobs to do irrespective whether we were students - yours the Marine obviously, mine at a very early age paper boy, message boy with Lewis D Grant, grocers but they didn't hand out any medals!
on 09 June 2013
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