Cast­ing the Net casts off

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A bus filled with fish scales and rope­work rolled into Tar­bert on Wed­nes­day Oc­to­ber 3, telling the story of the creation of ring-net fish­ing.

Cre­ated by the Clyde Fish­er­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion, Cast­ing the Net is an oral his­tory of the fish­ing in­dus­try in Tar­bert, aim­ing to cap­ture the mem­o­ries and ex­pe­ri­ences of the fish­er­men and fam­i­lies around the Firth of Clyde and West Coast of Scot­land through films and ex­hibits.

The ex­hibits in­cluded a short film of in­ter­views made by the pupils of S3 Tar­bert Acad­emy with lo­cal fish­er­men Ken­neth McNab, Archie Camp­bell and Wil­lie Dick­son, as well as for­mer pupils of Tar­bert Acad­emy Iain MacIn­tyre and Florry Leckie giv­ing anec­dotes of the school when they were kids.

Along with all that was an ar­ray of draw­ings by cur­rent Tar­bert Acad­emy pupils all lov­ingly crafted around the theme of fish­ing.

The bus was of­fi­cially opened by Ken­neth McNab, Archie Camp­bell and Wil­lie Dick­son, fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion in Tem­plar Hall show­cas­ing the in­ter­views made with the fish­er­men and the art­work of the Tar­bert Acad­emy pupils.

Project man­ager Jill de Fresnes said: ‘This re­ally is a fan­tas­tic project. It has been a great priv­i­lege to col­lect mem­o­ries and sto­ries from some of the last of the ringnet men around the Clyde area and cel­e­brate the his­tory of the her­ring fish­ery we had in Scot­land.

‘We are also look­ing for­ward to a bright fu­ture for an in­dus­try which has such a rich cul­tural tra­di­tion and to tak­ing a lit­tle taste of that her­itage out on the road with our project bus.’

The bus will be back in Tar­bert on Oc­to­ber 26 and 27, after it vis­its the Aqual­ib­rium Cen­tre in Camp­bel­town, then mov­ing on to tour Scot­land, hit­ting places such as Gir­van, Ayr, Largs and fin­ish­ing at the Scot­tish Fish­eries Mu­seum in An­struther.


The Cast­ing the Net bus drove through Tar­bert.


Some of Tar­bert Acad­emy’s hand­i­work.

Peo­ple were lin­ing up to see in­side the bus.

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