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PICTURES: Clachnacuddin FC in Inverness throws open its boardroom doors to community

By Val Sweeney

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Sandra Finlayson and Pamela Burrows. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Sandra Finlayson and Pamela Burrows. Picture: James Mackenzie.

An Inverness football club threw open its boardroom doors in a venture to strengthen its links with the community.

Clachnacuddin FC, whose ground is at Grant Street Park in Merkinch, wants to demonstrate it is more than a place to watch a 90-minute game.

The social event, which brought together local people and volunteers, aimed to provide company plus free food.

A club spokesman said: “The idea of hot food and drink was that anyone could come and join in and it was a safe place for people.

“It was a great mix of people and ages.

“Some were local, other people had travelled.

“People came to find out more about the club.

“Others came to reminisce.”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick and volunteers from Highland mental health charity, Mikeysline, also attended.

During the evening, old match footage was re-run and people were able to look at memorabilia, including old photographs, as well as having the chance to share stories.

“One person spotted a relative from the 1930s in a photograph,” the spokesman said.

The club also operated a minibus collect and drop-off service for anyone struggling to travel

Food was donated by Am Bothan, Big Boss Pizza and Perk Doughnuts.

The spokesman said the evening had been a great success.

“We wanted to get the community together and to create that ‘feel good’ feeling for people,” the spokesman said.

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