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Orca artwork brightens up Thurso harbour toilet block


By Alan Hendry

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The mural well under way on Saturday afternoon, thanks to the efforts of sea cadets and youth club members.
The mural well under way on Saturday afternoon, thanks to the efforts of sea cadets and youth club members.

Youngsters had a whale of a time in Thurso at the weekend painting a mural with an orca as its focal point.

Local sea cadets and youth club members, supported by Youth Highland, teamed up to create the eye-catching artwork on the outer walls of the harbour toilet block.

Their efforts transformed the grey exterior into a colourful marine scene, featuring waves and a lighthouse as well as a leaping killer whale.

Clair Nichols from Youth Highland led the youngsters in workshops and with the mural.

Thurso Community Development Trust (TCDT) has taken over the harbour toilets and opened them to the public.

The painting was carried out on Saturday during Town Centre Day, part of the two-week Discover Thurso Festival organised by the development trust.

The completed mural with an orca as its centrepiece. It was created by Thurso sea cadets and members of Thurso Youth Club, supported by Youth Highland.
The completed mural with an orca as its centrepiece. It was created by Thurso sea cadets and members of Thurso Youth Club, supported by Youth Highland.

TCDT development manager Joan Lawrie said: "It was fantastic to see the young people of Thurso contributing to creating a beautiful legacy for the town.

"Thurso harbour in all of our consultations has regularly been mentioned as being really grey and uninviting. It certainly has been brightened up now!

"Saturday was also our Town Centre Day and it was fantastic to see and meet so many people either out and about in the shops doing the Red Herring competition or stopping past our new premises to have a chat and, for some, a wee tour.

"The Discover Thurso Festival has been so welcomed after 18 months of not many events as bringing the community back together again and we are really excited for our activities in this coming week, culminating with our Harbour Day on Saturday, September 11."

The festival began with an open day in the Thurso Grows community garden on August 28. The aim is to encourage visitors and local people to get outdoors, be inspired by nature and the coastline and discover all that the town has to offer.

The festival is funded by NatureScot Plunge In! Coast and Waterways and Highland LAG Green Health Partnership.

The full programme along with booking information can be found on the TCDT website.


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