Whiteford opens historical exhibition

Eilidh Whiteford visits Peterhead Port Authority.
Eilidh Whiteford visits Peterhead Port Authority.

Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford paid a special visit to the Peterhead Port Authority on Friday to see a special exhibit completed in time for the town’s Scottish Week celebrations.

The three-dimensional exhibit is the original architect’s model for the South Breakwater light. It is thought to comprise hundreds of pieces and estimated to weigh in at around ten stones.

The original idea to rebuild the South Breakwater model was proposed by local historian, author and former fisherman Donald Anderson Snr. Mr Anderson secured the services of volunteers Sandy Simpson and John Reid to undertake this complex and skillfully demanding project.

Mr Simpson and Mr Reid even crafted several missing pieces to preserve the integrity of the three-dimensional jigsaw.

What has been described as their “labour of love” is now on public display for everyone to appreciate.

Speaking at the opening, Ms Whiteford said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to the Port Authority and Aberdeenshire Council for bringing this exhibit to fruition.

“This piece is of historic significance not only to Peterhead but to the whole of Scotland.

“Sandy and John have put an incredible amount of hard work into the piece, it truly is a labour of love. I hope people come to see this during Scottish Week”.

Commenting on the model, port chief executive John Wallace, said: “I have been extremely encouraged by the co-operation between the Peterhead Port Authority and Aberdeenshire Museums Service.

“It is excellent that we were able to come together to make history come alive.

“Sandy and John have done an outstanding job, we are indebted to their professionalism and workmanship.

“The board of the authority seized the opportunity to bring this project forward. I would also like to thank Dr David Bertie and Catherine McConnell for their assistance and advice during this process”.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Buchan Area Committee, Councillor Stuart Pratt, added: “It is very pleasing to see such care and attention being given to the model, and Sandy and John have clearly put a great deal of time and effort into this project.

“I am delighted that the Peterhead Port Authority is showcasing the model this summer”.

The model will be part of an exhibiton on the History of Peterhead Fishing Families which runs throughout Scottish Week.