Donald takes readers on a trip to yesteryear

PETERHEAD HISTORIAN DONALD ANDERSON WITH HIS LATEST BOOK.(BUCHAN/BROWN)
PETERHEAD HISTORIAN DONALD ANDERSON WITH HIS LATEST BOOK.(BUCHAN/BROWN)

Peterhead historian Donald Anderson takes readers on a trip “Fae Rosehearty tae Fittie” with the well-known author’s most recent publication.

The author’s new book is packed with photographs, paintings and facts about the North-east’s fishing villages and comes to a finish with interesting details on Peterhead Prison.

The voyage begins in Rosehearty, passing by Kinnaird Head, with Donald writing about previous lifestyles in the coastal villages of Broadsea, Cairnbulg, Inverallochy, St. Combs, Charlestown, Rattray and Drumlinie.

The book is supported by an amazing collection of photographs ranging from the old working fishwives to busy Buchan railway stations.

The accounts couldn’t be told better than by someone who has had firsthand experience of travelling through these “fishin’ toons”, and readers will be taken back in time the the “Golden Days”, with the retired fisherman’s stories.

Commenting on where he found his treasured memories, Donald said: “I’ve collected everything over the years - everything I’ve had has been put into my books so far and this is my fifth one. My favourite part of putting this book together has been meeting all the people and getting all their stories. I’ve been going back and fore to the villages for about five years now.

“My most treasured village has to be St. Combs, where my grandfather’s mum came from. I remember going back and fore there as a wee lad and the place gave me some good memories.”

The 80-year-old is now beginning to work on his next book and is also looking into the possibility of publishing an autobiography.

For more information or to purchase a book please send an e-mail to donaldanderson16@aol.com or call him on 01779 471937.