Funday & Christmas Lights Switch On
Saturday 5th December

The traders will have their usual goodies on offer. Caithness Horizons will have their Annual Christmas Market.

Caithness FM will be present and will accept unwrapped new toys, make-up, books, tokens etc for their annual Christmas gift appeal, all gifts donated is distributed in Caithness.

11:30-15:30 Santa will be present in his Grotto at Caithness Horizons back door, entry 1 per person. Please take your own photos of Santa and your family or friends. Any photos taken on behalf of the TTIA may be used to promote us on social networks.

12:00-15:00 Come see four beautiful Cairngorm Reindeer outside Caithness Horizons, donations will be greatly received. Funded by the TTIA and from the Spirit of Caithness - A Fourteen Community. The Fund is administered by Foundation Scotland.

15:30-16:30 Children's Fancy Dress Boys Brigade Hall. Thank you to BT/Manpower for organising this. Free entry. Categories: 0 under 3, 3 to 5, 6 to 9, 10 years upwards and groups there will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category.

17:00 Christmas Lights Switch on at Caithness Horizons, Pentland Brass Band and Santa will visit.

Please note some things may change depending on the weather etc, check Thurso Gala on facebook for updates.


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Thurso Boating Pond

Thurso Town Improvements Association (T.T.I.A.) emerged from a small entertainment committee which ran ceilidhs in the town to raise funds.

The first T.T.I.A. committee was comprised of local business people and members co-opted from other various local organisations.

The objective of the original committee was to raise funds to benefit the amenities in Thurso and this objective remains the same today

The Thurso Gala was the main source of fund raising income and all the citizens of the town rallied to support it and continue to do so.

The first Personality Queen was Alice Swanson. She was crowned by Lady Sinclair, wife of Sir Archibald Sinclair who was the local MP and also Minister for Air during the War, and grandfather of our current MP John Thurso. The title changed to Gala Queen in later years.

Following the crowning a parade of decorated floats proceeded through the town. Further numerous events took place throughout the following week. The funds raised were donated to many local groups e.g. Pipe Band, Swimming Club, Lunch Club, Bowling Club and others.

Over the years the T.T.I.A. have funded, or helped fund, many projects within Thurso, the main one being the refurbishment of the Boating Pond area which received commendations and a plaque, which was presented at the time by Bella Cormack, the Towns' Provost.

Other projects include:-

  • local play ground equipment
  • the tennis courts
  • pavilion & playground on Beach Road
  • the blue lighting underneath the road bridge
  • the beach change rooms
  • refurbishment of Sir John's Square bandstand
  • towns' fountain
  • Lady Margaret's Gardens
  • the stone seat at the top of the mall (in association with the YTS)
  • more recently the array of Christmas decorations in the town

Sir John's Square in full bloom

The T.T.I.A. has always had a strong working relationships with other various local organisations including the Rotary Club, Round Table, Thurso Traders Association, Thurso Community Council, Thurso In Bloom, and other organisations and local bodies whos main aim is to the benefit of the local community.

The T.T.I.A. committee continues to fundraise throughout the year to fund local amenities with the biggest event still being the Gala.

If you would like to get involved in T.T.I.A. activities please feel free to contact our Chairperson, Doreen Macleod, at 16 Barrock Street, Thurso, KW14 7DE, or you can telephone her on 07834 185719, or alternatively you can e-mail us at

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