Reeling in ring-net fishing memories

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A bus designed by Tarbert primary pupils to spark memories of ring-netting herring will stop in Campbeltown next week.

Casting the Net is an oral history project developed by the Clyde Fishermen’s Association and the Scottish Fisheries Museum and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For a year it has toured the country on a converted bus collecting memories and experiences of the ring-net herring fishermen and their families from around the Firth of Clyde and West Coast of Scotland.

The interior of the bus was designed and upholstered by project artist Deirdre Nelson with the children of Tarbert Academy Primary School who have made designs based on the stories from the fishermen.

Films, slideshows, oral histories and soundscapes will form part of the unique digital exhibitions which will also be shown on the bus.

People will be encouraged to add their own stories, memories and information to the collection. A

ny help would be gratefully received with a photo-book which contains many old images –some with more information than others.

Project manager Jill de Fresnes said: ‘This really has been a fantastic project and it will be lovely to visit some of the key ring-net areas with the bus.

‘It has been a great privilege to collect memories and stories from some of the last of the ring-net men, around the Clyde area.

‘We don’t just want the project to be looking back – 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 on The Esplanade in Campbeltown next Tuesday and Wednesday from 11a to 4pm.

It continue to Ayrshire and Stirling and end its tour at the Scottish Fishery Museum in Anstruther during the week of November 18.

The project website can be accessed at