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In the footsteps of Moray's famous fishwives

By Alistair Whitfield

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The Fishwives Walk back in 2013.
The Fishwives Walk back in 2013.

Carrying fully laden creels of fish weighing up to 40lb, once the Buckie Fishwives made round trips of 26 miles in a day.

In all weathers they would trek from Buckie Harbour to Keith in order to sell the catches, then travel all the way back home again.

The last Buckie fishwife, Mary Milne, walked the route until the mid 1950s when she finally retired at the age of 73.

However the undoubted toughness and indomitable spirit of Mary and all the other women is now being celebrated in modern times.

Participants are being called to come forward for the Fishwives Walk, which is taking place on Sunday, September 15.

Starting at Newmill Hall at 10am, walkers will follow the 11-mile historic trail as it leads them to Buckie and District Heritage Centre.

Dave Carson is from The Rotary Club of Keith which is sponsoring the event.

He said: "You can run or walk it, take the family, including the dog. It's great exercise and you'll be helping to raise money to support some good local causes.

"So come and join in."

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