Tain Museum Image Library

Canasta Party
Tain Museum Image Library
Canasta Party

This picture, possibly taken in the 1950s shows four well known Tain businessmen enjoying a relaxing game of cards. George Hamilton had a draper's busines, first in the High Street, then in King Street (where Brambles Coffee Shop is today). Hector ("Heckie") Ross was a grocer with a shop in King Street. Donald Strachan had the famous bakery and shop in the High Street. James Mackenzie worked in his father's carpentry business on Shore Road. His father was known as "Dan Heavy" and he was known as "Jimmy Light", reflecting their different physical make up.

This image is from the collection of slides belonging to George Hamilton.
Picture added on 24 February 2009
This is a classic picture. I don't know how to play Canasta - Heckie looks as if he's trying to see George's cards but perhaps they were playing as partners! Not many people wear three piece suits and ties today even to work, let alone while relaxing.
Added by Estelle Quick on 26 February 2009
My father was James Mackenzie and I remember the weekly Canasta parties very well.
He told me he was Jimmy Light short for lightning (he was a very good runner) but I wouldnt really know!!!
Added by Dugald Mackenzie on 04 March 2009
Does anyone know anything about James Mackenzies parents?
Added by Lisa McMurray on 10 May 2009
Would love to see any more photos! James Mackenzie was my grandfather.
Added by Paula Atkinson on 23 April 2010
My father also had an uncle named James Mackenzie from Tain. He never married or had children. He lived at #1 Cadboll Place. Does anyone know anything about him?
Added by Anne Mckenzie Kivari on 07 January 2015
I wonder did this said James Mackenzie live in Tain. If so what his address might have been.Betty Mckenzie Jan6 2015

Added by Betty Mckenzie on 07 January 2015
My grandmother, Kitty Strachan was Donald Strachan's sister.
Added by Kate on 16 December 2016
Sorry I'm late to this...

Dad lived in Academy Street and then in Moss Road when he married.
Added by Dugald Mackenzie on 04 February 2020
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