Peterhead man hosts fishing exhibition

Peterhead man Stephen Bruce organised a fishing exhibition at the Buchanhaven Heritage Centre telling the story of his family's fishing heritage.
Peterhead man Stephen Bruce organised a fishing exhibition at the Buchanhaven Heritage Centre telling the story of his family's fishing heritage.

A Peterhead man recently organised an exhibition telling the story of his family’s fishing heritage.

Stephen Bruce hosted the two-day event at the Buchanhaven Heritage Centre on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 April.

There were various objects on show for visitors to look at

There were various objects on show for visitors to look at

The exhibition covered his family’s fishing background from the whaling right through to the modern day trawlers.

Stephen’s brother, Peter, is still fishing from the Budding Rose PD418 out of Peterhead.

Visitors to the event were able to view a host of old photographs as well as a fantastic range of memorabilia.

The fishing exhibits on display included a model to scale of Stephen’s grandfather’s boat, the Violet Flower.

Pictures and old newspaper articles were on display at the exhibition

Pictures and old newspaper articles were on display at the exhibition

The model was built 65 years ago by Willie Buchan and was made out of a beam of the Methodist Church in Peterhead.

When the church was bombed during the war, Willie was sent to repair the roof and that is when he got the beam.

As well as photographs and memorabilia, there was a number of hands-on activities on offer including splicing, making skipping ropes and a colouring-in competition for children.

Teas and coffees were also available throughout the exhibition.

While there was no entry fee, visitors were invited to make a donation if they wished.

All proceeds from the exhibition will go to the Buchanhaven Heritage Society.

Speaking to the Buchanie, organiser Stephen said the event had enjoyed a good turnout on Friday morning, with a greater turnout expected on Saturday.

He commented: “I’m delighted with how it’s went and I’m pleased to be able to support the Buchanhaven Heritage Society.

“It’s been good to work with other former fishermen to bring this exhibition together.”