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TITLE
'Tiny' gets auctioned
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_FISHERGIRLS_13
DATE OF RECORDING
1984
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1955
KEYWORDS
fisher girls
fisher lassies
fishwives
kippers
kippering
audio

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Women played an important role in the fishing industry in Scotland; some were employed to bait lines but the majority worked at gutting and curing the catches. When the herring summer season finished at home many fisher lassies travelled down south to catch the autumn herring season in fishing ports like Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft. In this audio extract, a former Caithness fisher lassie recalls her 'kipperin' days. Her name is Chrissie Smith and she was recorded at Dalmore House Eventide Home (Alness) in 1984 as part of reminiscence classes run by the Workers Educational Association.

'Another time when were in Hull - oh it wis a rough place, all nationalities wis in ere - an we used'll go up till see if e herrin wis in, ye see? An Ah knew all the salesmen, ye see, an at, an they wis laughin an, is fellow came over till me an he wis English. He says, 'Chrissie' he says, 'Will you go up there' he says 'and get that bucket?' An Ah looked - is was a stand wi a platform on it that they used'll - sell it - gie ye - e salesmen used'll go up there and gie ye price for the herrin, ye see, used'll bid for it. Ah'm off up; Ah couldna fin no bucket. An is chap came up an Ah says, 'There's no bucket here'. 'No', he says, 'they never was a bucket here.' He says 'You just stand where you are.' Well, an then he lifted a thing - like a gold thing - an he banged it, an when I looked doon, oh, they were a whole crowd. An he says, 'Now, what's for Tiny?' Heavens! They'd started'll bid on me. But mind ye, Ah got five pound!' [Laughter]

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'Tiny' gets auctioned

1980s

fisher girls; fisher lassies; fishwives; kippers; kippering; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Fisher Lassies

Women played an important role in the fishing industry in Scotland; some were employed to bait lines but the majority worked at gutting and curing the catches. When the herring summer season finished at home many fisher lassies travelled down south to catch the autumn herring season in fishing ports like Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft. In this audio extract, a former Caithness fisher lassie recalls her 'kipperin' days. Her name is Chrissie Smith and she was recorded at Dalmore House Eventide Home (Alness) in 1984 as part of reminiscence classes run by the Workers Educational Association.<br /> <br /> 'Another time when were in Hull - oh it wis a rough place, all nationalities wis in ere - an we used'll go up till see if e herrin wis in, ye see? An Ah knew all the salesmen, ye see, an at, an they wis laughin an, is fellow came over till me an he wis English. He says, 'Chrissie' he says, 'Will you go up there' he says 'and get that bucket?' An Ah looked - is was a stand wi a platform on it that they used'll - sell it - gie ye - e salesmen used'll go up there and gie ye price for the herrin, ye see, used'll bid for it. Ah'm off up; Ah couldna fin no bucket. An is chap came up an Ah says, 'There's no bucket here'. 'No', he says, 'they never was a bucket here.' He says 'You just stand where you are.' Well, an then he lifted a thing - like a gold thing - an he banged it, an when I looked doon, oh, they were a whole crowd. An he says, 'Now, what's for Tiny?' Heavens! They'd started'll bid on me. But mind ye, Ah got five pound!' [Laughter]