Harbour open day success

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The ever popular Fishermen’s Mission’s annual Open Day has been hailed a great success by its organisers.

The open day, held on Saturday, at Peterhead’s former Fishmarket, saw between 3,000 and 4,000 people flock to the event - despite a heavy programme of events, galas and the Peterhead FC v Rangers game all taking place on the same day.

The community event, was officially opened by Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie, alongside Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Aberdeenshire, Joyce Mackie, and chair of the Mission Council, Jill Henderson.

Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford also paid the event a flying visit before heading to Banff to officially open their gala day.

The event included music from Peterhead Pipe Band and a host of stalls and foodstuffs.

There was also the chance for photographs with the Olympic Torch, courtesy of Stephen Bruce of Jogscotland.

For the first time at the open day there was also a special Nirmod cockpit on display for visitors to investigate.

The usual trawlers were also open to the public, while the volunteer crew of the RNLI was also kept busy with visitors throughout the day, as they showed off the Tamar-class lifeboat, The Misses Robertson of Kintail.

There was also the opportuntiy for members of the public to see the Boothby and Prunier fishing trophies, which were on display at a special staff run by former skipper Andrew Duncan.

Organisers estimate that the open day helped to raise around £12,000.

Commenting, Assistant Superintendent Paul Govier said: “It was a fantastic day for the Mission and the wider community.

“There was so much on that weekend so to raise around £12,000 is superb.

“We would like to thank all the volunteers and everyone who came along and made the day such a success,” he added.

More pictures from the event will appear in next week’s Buchanie.