Sir Albert honoured by certificate presentation

Sir Albert McQuarrie.
Sir Albert McQuarrie.

FORMER Banff and Buchan MP Sir Albert McQuarrie was delighted last week to be presented with a special certificate to mark the re-naming of Perterhead’s Albert Quay on the 20th anniversary of the South Bay development.

Sir Albert (92), attended a special ceremony at the quay on Monday, August 6, to see it re-named the Sir Albert Quay, and the unveiling of a new plaque to commemorate the occasion.

The event marked 20 years to the day when the then Foreign Secretary, Douglas Herd, officially opened the new quay.

During lunch at Buchan Braes Hotel in Boddam following the ceremony, Sir Albert was presented with the commemorative certificate which reads:

“On this the 6th of August 2012, representing the 20th anniversary of the South Bay Development and the Re-naming and Dedication of the Sir Albert Quay, the Board of Peterhead Port Authority in rightful recognitiion of the stalwart work of Sir Albert McQuarrie Kt KMLI in securing the Passing in the House of Commons the Peterhead Harbour (South Bay Development) Confirmation Bill which received Royal Assent from Her Majesty The Queen on 26th March 1986, express their most humble and grateful thanks.

“Let the record show that as evidenced in Hansard and physically in the infrastructural development of the port that the South Bay Development which benefited from the plans and toils of many parties, may never have ‘seen the light of day’, but for the efforts of Sir Albert McQuarrie in closing out the detractors and delivering the most necessary permissions.

“During his time and service as MP for Banff and Buchan he championed many honourable and worthwhile causes, not least the Safety at Sea Bill for which many lives have been spared as continues to be the case.

“However, it was his tacit and tactical understanding of the Common Fisheries Policy and his unyielding efforts in that ‘Great House’ to derive maximum value from the flawed policy for his constituents, time and time again that demands enduring memory.

“We the benefactors of all these achievements today honour, commemorate and recognise Sir Albert McQuarrie as a most loyal servant, guardian and champion of the Port of Peterhead for which we bestow this honour and offer our deepest eternal gratitude.”

Speaking to the Buchanie, Sir Albert said he was “delighted” at the honour and to receive the special certificate.

Following the re-naming ceremony, Peterhead Port Authority chief executive, John Wallace, said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate this positive event for the Peterhead Port.

“Peterhead is the foremost fishing port in Europe as well as being a major oil and gas player. And the Sir Albert Quay is now the jewel in the crown.”