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Wallace and Fraser Fire
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Wallace and Fraser Fire

The burning, smoking premises of Wallace and Fraser's (Ironmongers) High Street premises which were engulfed in flames in 1957 can be seen in the centre of the picture with AF Gardiner (Chemist) to the left and the Royal Hotel to the right. (See picture #241)
Picture added on 10 February 2004
Does anyone know who was the FRASER partner? My information leads me to think that John Fraser, born Nigg 1821, was involved or employed here as an ironmonger, and died in 1902 buried in Old Nigg Churchyard.
Added by Wilmer Fawcett on 27 April 2005
I remember this night well, I lived at the top of Hartfield Street and could see the fire from my bedroom window, Wallace and Frasers was quite a bit away but the fire just lit up the sky that night.
Added by Sheila Strachan on 16 January 2009
I too can remember this night even although I was only 10 years of age. My Dad, Andrew Gardiner was alerted by the police that his chemist's shop was in danger from the all encompassing fire in the adjacent Wallace and Fraser's. The gable wall looked to be in a state of collapse and the heat from the fire had made it necessary for the Fire Brigade to keep 23 High Street dampened down in case a spark or falling timbers gave seat to a new fire. We watched the flames and red glow in the sky from the safety of The Poplars on Upper King Steet. My uncle, Lawrence Benson, was an employee of Wallace and Fraser's.
Added by Vi Symons nee Gardiner on 23 February 2009
I was seven years old when I was taken by my mother to Wallace and Fraser's to choose a kitten from the shop cat's litter. I chose a little, black cat and called her Sooty but, as this was just a few days before the fire, perhaps Lucky would have been more appropriate. I can still recall the very distinctive aroma in the shop.
Added by Vivianne Reid, née Mackenzie on 05 January 2016
I was working for gray and butler-c.a.-in the offices above Wallace &frasers-got a big shock that morning!we moved into the town buildings.
Added by Cecily Vass (Ross)cecily on 03 December 2016
My father, originally from Tain, remembers the night well. He lives in Brora and they could see the flames across the firth.
Added by Jacqueline Ross on 03 December 2016
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