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Mussel Pickers at the Harbour
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Mussel Pickers at the Harbour

Maurice Shepherd with a young Blair Mackay behind him on the left. Buller Mackay, someone hidden and Ronald Young in glasses on the right.

The bus driver is Billy Roy, who was also a regular visitor to Cromarty as a football referee.
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Picture added on 17 March 2005
I worked with Maurice and Buller at this in the summer of '79. We were working for Gerard Fisher who was processing the mussels at Conon Bridge cold store and sending them to France. We had two boats, one aluminium one and one fibreglass with a cabin.

We collected the mussels from the beds near Saltburn, and then Robbie Lewis would transport them to Conon. He'd bring back paper sacks full of shells from the processing which we'd take a mile out to sea and then dump - wouldn't be allowed now.
Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 17 March 2005
Billy Roy used to drive the school bus, he was a nice bloke and was always a good laugh. He used to rock the bus when driving along or when he heard you coming down the stairs from the top deck he would jam the brakes on - bus drivers wouldn't get off with that sort of thing today.
Added by Calum McBean on 17 March 2005
Have spoken with Maurice, and the obscured person is Ernie, a German who used to come over to Cromarty and work on the salmon fishing each year. Maurice says that whilst working on the mussel boat he used to rinse his false teeth by holding them in the water over the side of the boat as it was moving, but unfortunately let them go one day!
Added by Garve Scott-Lodge on 21 March 2005
Now Now Now Auntie Margaret surely you can tell your own nephews apart by now. That's Moray Mackay with his dad and brother and not me. The nose gives it away.
Added by Ronald Young on 25 March 2005
I think the partly obscured person is Erwin Roeling !!!!!!!!!??
Added by HAZEL PENDLE (NEE MACLEAN) on 03 April 2005
Buller Mackay is my Granda and Blair is my Uncle, and they both look funny!
Added by Kyrena on 19 March 2006
The person hidden is Ernie the German - well that's what we called him.
Added by Maurice Shepherd on 10 January 2007
did Ernie not live laterly under the snooker club, or is that another one?
Added by Sue Florence on 11 January 2007
He lived there for a while, then he moved to one of the tin cottages on the links.
Added by Maurice Shepherd on 11 January 2007
cheers Maurice, I seem to remember that Willie Hourston had a wee brick and brack roomie opposite him-- it was like Alladins cave-wonderfil!!!
Added by Sue Florence on 12 January 2007
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