Harbour Open Day hailed a massive success

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Saturday’s Peterhead Harbours Open Day has been hailed a massive success.

The 19th popular community event is a way for the local Fishermen’s Mission to raise funds and for families to celebrate all aspects of the harbour.

Sea Cadets pose for a picture at Peterhead Harbour Open Day.

Sea Cadets pose for a picture at Peterhead Harbour Open Day.

New Mission Superindent Steve Murray was joined by the organisation’s chief executive, Commodore David Dickens CBE RN (Rtd), as well as Peterhead Port Authority chief executive John Wallace and other dignitaries.

Mr Murray stressed that the Mission is about more than a one-day event and supports fishermen in Peterhead 365 days a year.

He said: “Fishing is still a big part of this community. Although the number of boats and people fishing has gone down, what I find in my role is that fishing is still deeply ingrained and I think that is reflected in the open day.

“We still have a large role to play, mainly in terms of welfare and support to families and retired fishermen or those in ill health.

“In a fishing community such as this there’s an appreciation of the work we do, even if much of it is unseen.”

MP for Banff and Buchan Dr Eilidh Whiteford said: “Once again we’ve got a huge turnout. That’s testament to the huge support for the Fisherman’s Mission there is from the local community.”

More than 40 businesses and organisations including the RNLI and Salvation Army set up stalls to help raise funds.

Don’t miss next week’s Buchanie for more pictures from this popular event.