Dingwall Work

Dingwall Community Collage
Ross and Cromarty Heritage Society is grateful to Alasdair Cameron for permission to reproduce his record of events leading up to the unveiling of the Drover Sculpture on 21 April 2011 by Lord Lieutenant Mrs Janet Bowen.

N.B. Any lack of clarity in the photographs is due to the cropping procedure and not to a lack of skill on the part of Alasdair Cameron.

The site of the sculpture - Dingwall and Highland Marts.

Lucy Poett and her creation.

The photographs which follow show progress in the studio and are reproduced courtesy of Mrs Lucy Poett, ARBS.

Preliminary sketches.

Drover Sculpture

Following the establishment of the Drover Exhibition, members of Highland Livestock Heritage Society turned their thoughts to creating a sculpture.

Planning the site of the sculpture

Where to place it?  And facing east or west?

Highland Livestock Heritage Society members David Henderson, Mhairi Mackenzie, Lord Lieutenant Mrs Janet Bowen, George Tait, Kenny Mackenzie, Ewen Macdonald, Henry Meiklejohn.

Prototype bull (fierce horns!) and modern drover Henry Meiklejohn.

Preparing the site 

The photographs which follow show the considerable amount of work done by Andrew Macphee.

Andrew Macphee

"Site foreman" George Tait.

Delivery day 

Both photographs:  Lucy Poett, ARBS, with her sculpture.

Four men who did much of the practical work:  Henry Meiklejohn, Kenny Mackenzie, David Henderson and George Tait.

Installing the Sculpture plaque

Installing the sculpture plaque
Installing the plaque


Getting ready ....

.... up ....

.... safely landed.

Now for the Drover.

Well, we made it, Lucy!

At last, in situ, and looking over at the Black Isle.

Final tasks.

Preparing for the unveiling 

Christmas comes early for Henry Meiklejohn!

Bruce Mackintosh hopes there's no more bubblewrap to recycle!


Davie Kelt adds the final touch by polishing the desk.

The unveiling 

Guests gather.

David Henderson's introductory speech.

Speech, and subseaquent unveiling, by Lord Lieutenant Mrs Janet Bowen.

Bouquets for Mrs Bowen and Mrs Poett.

And a gift for each.

Then the admiring crowd.

Commemorative plaque.  NB:  The original date could not be adhered to due to severe winter weather.

Lucy Poett reflects on an outstanding piece of sculpture.

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