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Festival Celebrates Centenary of Herring Industry Boom Year

The humble herring and its importance to the nation’s fishing industry marks a milestone anniversary this year.  Exactly 100 years ago, the UK’s herring fleet recorded its biggest ever annual catch with some 577,000 tonnes of the fish being landed at ports around the UK coastline.  The industry fell into decline after the boom year of 1913, but nowhere is the herring’s influence on north-east Scotland’s past celebrated more than

June 7th, 2013|

Portsoy Skiffettes Launch ‘Soy Quine’

An all-female coastal rowing group is on the crest of a wave after receiving a good luck message from Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger as they prepare to launch the wooden rowing skiff they built from scratch. The Skiffettes – a group of women from Portsoy in Aberdeenshire – created The Soy Quine in just 10 months, despite having no previous boatbuilding experience. And when they launch her from the

March 2nd, 2013|

Olympic Gold Medalist Katherine Grainger Wishes Portsoy Skiffettes Well

I’ve been hearing about how important the 2nd March is going to be to the history of the world. The launching of The Soy Quine must rate right up there with man first landing on the moon and the discovery of penicillin and the four minute mile and the Battle of Hastings and the invention of chocolate. I had a look at the picture of your boat and was very

February 14th, 2013|