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Deep dive into Lossie life

By Lorna Thompson

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CHARACTERS from Lossiemouth's fish market days have been brought to life in a local author's new book.

John Campbell's fourth book, Seagull Seafoods, takes its name from the company which pioneered scampi production in the UK, a major Moray employer in the area at the time – but now largely forgotten.

In a deep dive into local social history and industrial heritage, Mr Campbell pulls up many glistening stories of local men and women who had the industry in their blood and, in one way or another, made a contribution to Lossie life.

John Campbell with his new book, Seagull Seafoods.
John Campbell with his new book, Seagull Seafoods.

Mr Campbell, whose father was an auctioneer in the fish market, spent much of his boyhood soaking up the hustle and bustle of the trading and later worked in the industry at Lossiemouth's Seagull Seafoods, where he encountered the people who populate the pages of his book.

The book chronicles an important time in Lossiemouth's past which played a pivotal role in its prosperity and culture. The town's Shore Street fish markets were a vibrant mainstay of Lossiemouth life in the latter half of the 20th century.

Mr Campbell said: "What people don't realise is that for every one person working at sea, there are seven working onshore in the fish industry, and without them there would be no industry. Their stories are from a different perspective."

Seagull Seafoods was launched last Friday at Lossiemouth's Fisheries and Community Museum. The book is available by emailing Mr Campbell at jcampbell717@btinternet.com or by phone on 07780 817296.

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