Mission benefits from ‘Harvest of the Years’

Wilma Bruce (nee Ritchie) daughter of the author handing over a cheque to Superintendent Steve Murray of the Peterhead RNMDSF.
Wilma Bruce (nee Ritchie) daughter of the author handing over a cheque to Superintendent Steve Murray of the Peterhead RNMDSF.

Peterhead’s Fishermen’s Mission received a cheque for £600 - the proceeds from a book by author, John Ritchie, entitled ‘Harvest of the Years’

The book, called “Harvest of the Years”, was written by John Ritchie and published posthumously. His family chose to split the initial proceeds between the residents’ fund at Kirkburn Court Care Home and the RLNI.

On Sunday, June 2, furproceeds, this time for the local Mission, were handed over by Wilma Bruce, daughter of the author, to Mission Superintendent Steve Murray.

More commonly known as ‘Honest John’, rubber stamped by family friend and work colleague George Strachan , Harvest of the Years, contains many humorous anecdotes and is the umbrella title for meandering memoirs.

Harvest of the Years includes colourful and descriptive accounts of growing up in Peterhead between two world wars as well as glimpses from earlier generations.

The book also describes Mr Ritchie’s conversion experience and a lifetime of love of the Bible, the Kirk and serving the community.

The cheque was handed over during a special commemoration service at the Mission which was attended by around 80 people.

The service was held in honour of John Ritchie and Singing Fisherman Jim Mair.

The congregation began by singing the opening hymn, Oh For a Thousand Tongues to Sing.

This was followed by prayers and hymns ‘On That Bright and Golden Morning’ and ‘I Will Sing of My Redeemer’.

The presentation of the cheques followed an epilogue given by Superintendent Murray and the closing hymn ‘God Be With You Till We Meet Again’ and final prayer.

Harvest of the Years is printed in hard-back with dust-cover but only a few copies remain for sale.

Anyone wishing to purchase a copy can do so by telephoning 01779 740967 or 01779 475387.