Casting the Net casts off
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.