Book to tell 50 years of Dounreay

Book to tell 50 years of Dounreay

The story of Dounreay, its leading role in the world quest for energy and its impact on the wellbeing of the far north of Scotland are all captured in a new book to be published next month.

Fifty Years of Dounreay is a 140-page hardback book charting the history of the site. It includes approximately 150 archive photographs.

Published by North of Scotland Newspapers, the book is written by Bill Patterson, a Glasgow-based author with Caithness connections.

It describes how the Government selected Dounreay in 1954 as the site of Britain’s experiment with a new technology that promised to deliver electricity in abundance. But by the 1980s, the rationale for fast reactors had faded and a decision taken to shut down the programme.

Priced at £17.95, the book will be available from local outlets in Caithness and directly from North of Scotland Newspapers, publisher of the Caithness Courier and John O’Groat Journal.