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A previous owner, Mr. A. Ferguson, in conjunction with the Commando Association collected together a number of pictures, object, articles etc which were within the hotel and all dedicated to the Commandos who trained in the nearby hills and at Achnacarry during WWII. Major James Dunn of No.4 Commando C.B.T.C. President of the Commando Association during 1992/93 officially opened the exhibition on the 26th May, 1993. The Commando Association has since disbanded but have been followed up by the Commando Veterans Association (CVA) who welcome both WWII and post war Commandos, thier families and friends. Remembrance weekend is still a favorite. On the 13th November, 1993, the Commando Association was given the Freedom of Lochaber and the Fort William Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland donated an engraved crystal bowl which can be seen on display in the exhibition.

The present owners moved the exhibition and utilized more modern display methods which enabled all and some stored items to be displayed in the front of the hotel. The Commando Bar was extended around the same time and Col. I.P. Huntley, the Commanding Officer of the Fleet Protection Group, Royal Marines, re-opened the exhibition and bar on behalf of H.R.H. Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The exhibition has turned out to be quite unique with items ranging from a bully tin, tube of rolo, to a ceremonial sword along with medals, insignias and so much more. The exhibition has grown with donations from those serving in campaigns up to the present day. Young soldiers still train in the nearby hills and enjoy visiting the exhibition along with members of the public.

 

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