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Mounthoolie Lane 1980

The date is a guess. I can't make out the little shop sign to the right. Should have gone to Specsavers. Oops!
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Picture added on 07 September 2011 at 09:27
As the sign above the optician's reception counter said: 'If you can't see what you're looking for - you've come to the right place'.
Added by Ian Hourston on 07 September 2011
I'm fairly certain that the shop you mention provided a back door to Porky Horn's butchers when I was a boy.

Porkys was near the foot of Mounthoolie Lane and Mrs Allen had a sweetie shop about halfway along.
Added by Fred Grieve on 07 September 2011
Shop to the right was John Sclaters
Added by Ian Tait on 07 September 2011
You might be right Ian but I thought John Slaters shop was at the top end of Mounthoolie lane.
Having to dig very deep into the memory bank so I could be wrong. Porky Horn's does ring a bell though.
I ken, afore somebody says it, hid wis a peedie bress one on top o' the door.
Added by Price Sinclair on 08 September 2011
The pointing on the stones of the Albert Hotel is Casey era the paving is the refurb of the same era it is probably taken at the time the Clarks moved in that building. Sclaters had the top part of the lane not the bottom as shown.
Added by Anon on 08 September 2011
Anon could be right. I think I took the photo for the record as I had heard Clarks was moving in. I think Lyall and Mary Flett had a clothes shop in the building before that.
Added by Sandy Windwick on 09 September 2011
Correct Sclater's was at top of the Lane but didnt they have an "Alteration/Repair" shop at the bottom for a few years?
Added by Lyle Johnson on 10 September 2011
The building was the first Orkney Tourist Association Offices in the 1970s under the Helm of Roy Learmonth. We Painted it inside and out for them, then they moved to the former Council Offices in Broad Street. Added by Phil Brough.
Added by Phil Brough. on 12 September 2011
I remember Dolly Norn in a wee shop at the bottom of the lane in the early 80's. It sold wool and remnants of cloth and a few bits of womans clothing. I think it was probably owned by Mrs Jamieson . It would have been after they moved out of the Athol building.
Anonymous comment added on 12 September 2011
I remember Clarks Opticians were in the small shop in the lane before they extended through into their present shop. In the 70s their shop was the first Kirkwall Tourist Board office.
Added by E. Muir on 12 September 2011
I thought that John Gourlay was involved at the initial set up of the tourist office
Anonymous comment added on 12 September 2011
In relation to the early tourist office, the name Bob Learmonth comes to mind. And in relation to Bob Learmoth, Tiger Moth aircraft comes to mind.

Mind you, I could be wrong.
Added by Sandy Windwick on 13 September 2011
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