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Gastropub champions local fishermen and their catch

From left to right: Budding Rose skipper Peter Bruce, Fishermen's Mission superintendent Steve Murray, Pitsligo Arms co-owner Norman McIntosh-Forbes, the Scottish Seafood Association's Gail McKinnon and Pitsligo Arms co-owner Colin McIntosh-Forbes.

From left to right: Budding Rose skipper Peter Bruce, Fishermen's Mission superintendent Steve Murray, Pitsligo Arms co-owner Norman McIntosh-Forbes, the Scottish Seafood Association's Gail McKinnon and Pitsligo Arms co-owner Colin McIntosh-Forbes.

The owners of an acclaimed North East pub and restaurant have thrown their support behind a national fundraising campaign for the Fishermen’s Mission.

Fish Friday is an annual event aimed at supporting UK fishermen and their families.

Last year 400 fish and chip shops nationwide signed up to help the Fishermen’s Mission and now the organisation are delighted to have expanded to restaurants like the Pitsligo Arms.

The New Pitsligo-based gastropub pledged to fundraise for the Fishermen’s Mission and donated all tips they received last Friday.

The Pitsligo Arms is owned and managed by Colin and Norman McIntosh-Forbes who buytheir fish from the Fish Plaice in Fraserburgh, a firm which sources all its produce from the markets in Fraserburgh and Peterhead.

The restaurant is now also stocking a variety of books and leaflets offering customers information about the Scottish fishing industry.

Colin McIntosh-Forbes said: “We’ve got a couple who come up once a month and bide here and they always, always get the scampi.

“They’ve told us they come up here because they can’t get scampi like it anywhere else.

“Our view is that if you support locally, locally will support you.”

North East fisherman Peter Bruce, skipper of the Peterhead-based vessel Budding Rose, said: “If we can have a local place fundraising and promoting the industry that’s fantastic.

“If we’ve not got guys like Colin and Norman buying our food then we’ve not got a livelihood.

“We’re now trying to encourage people to come down to the fish market to see how it all works.

“It opens peoples eyes to what goes onto a menu.

Peterhead mission superintendent Steve Murray said: “Fish Friday is a national thing to raise money for the Fishermen’s Mission.

“Events like this are vital because we rely on donations to continue to support fishermen and their communities.”

Mr Murray added that the one afternoon’s tips alone raised £200.

The mission is the only UK charity which provides emergency support - as well as financial and emotional support - to fishing communities.

The Peterhead mission is based on Seagate.

 

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