Review of the Year: January to June

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The demolition of the old cinema in Fort William was one of the big local events in 2019 in Lochaber. NO F06 OLD CINEMA DEMOLITION 02

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JANUARY

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Volunteers from Lochaber Supports Refugees.

Five disused hospital beds from Belford Hospital are on their way to help patients in war-torn countries. Volunteers at Caol-based charity Lochaber Supports Refugees packed up their biggest shipment to date after the surplus beds were donated by nursing staff at the Belford. Pictured here are Shirley, Irene, Norma, Lorraine and Viv from Lochaber Supports Refugees getting the beds ready for shipment.

February

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The building that once housed the old cinema is demolished.

Demolition work on the derelict cinema in Fort William is well under way. With heavy machinery ripping apart the walls and roof. Angus MacDonald, who bought the former DV8 clothes store on the Cameron Square site, says he is delighted with the rapid progress being made to clear the area for the new cinema.

March

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Sandra receives her bravery award.

A woman who ensured her workplace was cleared of the public and colleagues after a man placed a handgun in front of a member of staff has been presented with a bravery award. Sandra MacLean, 63, who worked at the time as a supervisor at Fort William Library, ensured the building was cleared, then entered the library again by herself after police had been contacted. The handgun proved to be a replica.

April

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Martin Stewart at Notre Dame

A Fort William father has told how onlookers stood in tension-filled silence, with many elderly Parisiennes in tears, as they witnessed the inferno that engulfed the world famous Notre-Dame Cathedral in the French capital on Monday evening.

May

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Mallaig musicians in China.

A group of young traditional musicians from Mallaig High School and their teacher on a visit to China saw them flying the flag for Lochaber and Scotland. The four-day trip to Chengdu and Beijing saw the five-strong party from Mallaig take part in the 9th Young Cultural Ambassador Event. The group played at three local schools, as well as the performing at the opening and closing ceremonies of the main event, which was at the Sichuan Conservatoire.

June

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David Sedgwick in Cambodia.

A trip to Cambodia to teach surgical skills to medics in the south-east Asian country has been hailed a success by retired Fort William doctor David Sedgwick. Mr Sedgwick retired from his post at the Belford Hospital, Fort William, five years ago after more than two decades working in the hospital’s operating theatres.