Leader, January 26 2018

TT100 Nancy Glen by Jonathan Allen

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It is with a heavy heart that the Courier reports the sinking of Tarbert fishing boat the Nancy Glen this week.

We wondered how many fishermen would hear of the two missing fishermen and hang up their yellow wellies.

But fishing is the life blood of west coast towns and villages like Tarbert, Carradale and Campbeltown, and salt water runs in residents’ veins.

Fishing is a trade that young people’s ancestors have done for generations before them, passing skills down from father to son, so inevitably they will continue to take up the job.

We don’t doubt that the boats will continue to come and go from our harbours, day after day, come rain, hail or shine, bringing back sustenance to feed the nation no matter the cost.

It is amazing how communities come together at times like this, and the community spirit shown throughout Argyll and beyond, from friends and family of the missing men, to people who have never met them, is astounding.

From one fishing community to another, we hope Tarbert gets its boys back.