50 years ago

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

One of Arbroath’s best-known per­son­al­i­ties, Mrs Betsy Swankie, 13 High Street, is to re­tire be­cause of ill-health af­ter a life­time in the fish trade. She is 84. Mrs Swankie, who is prin­ci­pal of the firm of Swankie & Smith, was born at Old Shore­head, not far from the har­bour. In her youth, along with other lo­cal girls, she would make the long trip to Perth to sell fish. There were no vans to help them with their coun­try rounds. In fact, they were lucky to get a lift in a cart. The girls made many friends on their rounds.

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