by Andy Strachan

This thoroughly researched book tells the story of the struggle over the centuries to make Whitehills a successful and thriving community, through its four successive harbours. For most of that time, those directly engaged in fishing endured hard and dangerous work from open boats at the mercy of the elements and for little reward. They created a close-knit community determined to survive, despite the loss of life sadly all too common among fishermen. With only a relatively few years of comparative success and wealth after the Second World War, the present harbour has seen its once substantial fleet disappear like many others along the coast, but has re-invented itself as a busy yachting marina. The success could not have happened without the dedication and continuing work of the Harbour Commissioners, all volunteers, who have committed themselves to the common aim of continually improving the harbour facilities.

Born in Peterhead and brought up in Whitehills, Andy Strachan started the research for this book during his retirement and completed it just before his death in 2014. Published by the Banffshire Field Club, this comprehensive book on the story of the harbours of Whitehills has over 200 pages and includes 50 black and white photographs and other illustrations. Written and compiled in recognition of what has been achieved with the hard work and common purpose of the Harbour Commissioners and of the community, this book will be an important record and a valued keepsake for anyone who lives in, or has family connections with, Whitehills.

The book is priced at a very reasonable £15.

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