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Monday 13 July 2015

Bring Us Your Family Stories about Berwick's Fishing Families, Fri 17 to Sun 19 July in Berwick Guildhall

As you’ll have already seen, with an exhibition in the Watchtower, Tweedmouth, and other events, this coming month is all about the area’s fishing and maritime history. 

Also from 11am to 4pm each day from Friday, 17 July to Sunday, 19 July, we’re mounting an exhibition in the Guildhall on Berwick's maritime connections (of course, it’s admission free).

This includes Berwick's connections with salmon and herring fishing, ships and shipbuilding; whaling and about Berwick captains. Year 4 of Holy Trinity School, Berwick, have done some artwork based on families and fishing in the Greenses which will be on display, too. 

As part of the weekend, we would like to gather information on the Greenses fishing community, the people who lived there and stories about their lives. 

We are particularly interested in these names: Burgon; Manuel; Borthwick; Jamieson; Crombie; Young and Hattle but we’re also looking for any other names in that area connected with fishing. 

We have a Burgon family tree to which we have added some information but if anyone else can help us add more, come along and help us, particularly where they link in with the other fishing families in that area. 

We’re still interested in hearing your family stories whether they’re connected with fishing or the sea or not. If you have any interesting information about characters from your family’s past in Berwick or would like to get involved in the project, come along and see us this coming weekend or contact Peter Munro on or Linda Bankier on .

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