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Tales from the harbour inspired author

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TALES and histories of local harbours have been included in a series of books raising money for the RNLI.

During lockdown, Kevin Scott, of Newton Mearns, Glasgow, fulfilled his retirement ambition of travelling the entirety of the Scottish mainland coast and documenting the harbourages.

A plan for one book turned into four publications of ‘Harbouring – A Desire’, with the coastline of Dumfries and Galloway making up the final section of book four.

His journey took him from Burnmouth in the south east, right round to Annan in the south west.

And all money raised from sales of the books will go directly to the Royal National Lifeboats Institution (RNLI) charity.

Kevin said: “I inherited my love of both the sea and its vast coastline from my grandfather when, from a young age, I would be regularly found out ‘helping’ in salmon cobles netting at the mouth of the River Tweed.

“Add into that the boyhood fascination of watching Eyemouth’s thrilling fish-market live auction and I was well, hooked, you might say.

“That respect for the sea has only grown over the years and having listened to fishermen, harbourmasters and the like, right around our coastline, this past two years, my admiration for those dependant on making a living from it has only deepened.”

Kevin explained that he added both the geography and social history, as well as anything of historical or architectural significance.

There are also various chapters on the evolution of the fishing industry, local seafood recipes as well as a glossary of every local heritage and tourist recommended places to visit, for any inquisitive traveller.

The books are available on the Lule Bookstore website.





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