The Cromarty Firth Port Authority was established in 1973 by act of parliament.
Previously a naval port, the Navy eventually left the Firth in the early 1980's. With the creation of the Port Authority came the opportunity to take advantage of the recently discovered North Sea oil. This was a time of great change for the Firth.
Fast forward 40 years and today the facilities available on the Cromarty Firth are world class and support many hundreds of jobs.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Cromarty Firth Port Authority, we arranged a few key events as a thank you to the communities of the Firth for their continued support.
Aerial Display of a Catalina Flying Boat
CFPA were proud to sponsor a commemorative flight of a Catalina Flying boat.
During World War II, the Cromarty Firth was home to a large training and operational base for the Catalina amphibians, which extended from Invergordon to Alness Point. This particular craft is also the UK's oldest airworthy amhpibian.
Performance by the Royal Marine BandMarine Band
The Port were delighted to welcome to Invergordon the Royal Marine Band. Famed throughout the world for their musicianship, the bandsmen and women of the Royal Marine Bands combine military precision and discipline with talent, which places them at the top level of musical ensembles. This was a free event, open to all members of the public.
As well as marking the 40th anniversary of the Port, this performance also delivered a ceremonial start to the 2013 RNLI raft race. CFPA hope that the presence of the Marine band will leave memories with us all, marking not just the 40 years since the Port Authority was created, but paving the way forward for the next 40 years.
Mass Pipe Band Display
Led by Drum Major Charlie Grant, originally from Invergordon, The Royal Burgh of Tain, Sutherland Caledonian and Sutherland Schools Pipe Bands were joined by Highland Dancers from the Anne Noble school of Dancing, Alness, to give spectators an unforgettable evening.
Not only marking the Port's 40th anniversary, but also the conclusion of another record cruise season. This also served as a thank you to all the volunteers who give their time, through organisations such as the Invergordon Tourism Alliance and the Seafarer’s Centre. Thanks to their help and the general welcome of the Invergordon community, mariners and sea farers leave Invergordon with fond memories.