There was a lady who had worked on the boats called Granny Steven. She lived in Pennan.
They knew of women who used wisker to knit socks, jumpers and ganseys.
The fishing women sewed the money made from gutting fish into their underwear to keep it safe on long journeys by train.
The women wrapped cotton around their hands to avoid cutting thier hands by accident when preparing and salting the fish. Afterwards they would wash the cotton, wrap it up and keep it safe for the next time.
Tattie picking in the Tattie holidays
The money made during these weeks were used for school uniforms for the following year. The children made 8 /- 6d. a day which was handed over to their Mum at the end of the day.
To earn extra pocket money, children went around the neighbourhood collecting tattie peelings and veg peel in a bucket. The bucket contents were sold and then money used to fund trips to the cinema on a Saturday afternoon. 2d. for a front seat. 6d. for chumming seats and 1 shilling for the courting couples seats at the back of the cinema. Tattie peeling burnt well on the fire and lasted ages. The Fleming hall had a cinema in it.
The Speyside Lunch Club remembered there was a film called “Calling Blighty” about the servicemen calling home during the Second World War.