Down memory lane

In this picture, from the 1970s, Margaret Mitchell at the front was celebrating, possibly her 100th birthday. Behind are: George McMillan, Reverend Andrew Thomson, tourist officer Lachlan McKinnon, Jim Allan, Eva MacDonald, convenor of the Auchinlee local committee Archie Clark, Chris MacDonald, Eva's late husband and superintendant of Auchinlee, an unknown minister and John McCorkindale.

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As the future of Auchinlee care home hangs in the balance its former matron, Eva MacDonald MBE, has given the Courier some archive photos.

The Church of Scotland’s charitable operator CrossReach has given the High Askomil home a year’s reprieve until March 2018. Mrs MacDonald’s photos recall a happier era.

In this picture, from the 1970s, Margaret Mitchell at the front was celebrating, possibly her 100th birthday. Behind are: George McMillan, Reverend Andrew Thomson, tourist officer Lachlan McKinnon, Jim Allan, Eva MacDonald, convenor of the Auchinlee local committee Archie Clark, Chris MacDonald, Eva’s late husband and superintendant of Auchinlee, an unknown minister and John McCorkindale.