Published: 05/11/2017 06:00 - Updated: 03/11/2017 16:06

Russians invade Inverness store in 1988

IC 200, Inverness Courier


THE menswear department in an Inverness store was the scene of a Muscovite melee in October.

Members of a visiting Russian orchestra went on a shopping spree after spotting dinner jackets while visiting Arnott's department store in Union Street. A queue for the fitting rooms quickly formed and orders were soon being taken.

Manageress Liz Parker said: "Soon we had 10 of them in various states of undress as they queued up to get into one of our three fitting rooms. By the end of the morning we had sold 16 suits altogether – and every one of them had to be altered before the men left for an evening concert in Stirling.

"Because they are musicians and they have been playing for so long, they each have one arm and leg longer than the other. In one wee man, the difference was considerable!"

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