Scotch Girls Gutting Fish, 1950's

Photo:Fisher girls gutting the fish on the Quayside

Fisher girls gutting the fish on the Quayside

Great Yarmouth Musuems

Photograph of the Scotch Girls at work

By John Layton

The ladies seen here had travelled from Scotland with the fleet.

They would set up trestle tables on the Fishwharf so that they could process the catch as soon as it came off the boats.

My father, when he was a lad, would go with his friends and make faces at the girls as they worked.  The girls would then throw mackerel back at the boys, which certainly helped to feed their families!

(Mackerel, being a type of shark, were attracted to the struggling herring and would be caught in the nets.  They were of no use to the industry, so would have been thrown out in any case.)

This page was added by John Layton on 19/12/2006.

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