Fraserburgh’s Fishermen’s Mission nears completion

The Fishermen's Mission in Fraserburgh (PICTURE: Duncan Brown)
The Fishermen's Mission in Fraserburgh (PICTURE: Duncan Brown)

The remodelling of Fraserburgh’s Fishermen’s Mission building is nearing completion as the charity look to run a 24/7 facility at the premises.

The Shore Street building has been undergoing intensive restructuring to expand the property but looks set to reopen in the near future.

Superintendent Miriam Kemp, who has been continuing the Mission’s work from a temporary location in the town said: “It’s nearing completion - it’s been quite slow but hopefully we shall be back in soon.

“We’re seeing progress and we should get the building back towards the end of this year or early early next year.”

The Mission no longer owns the full Shore Street building, which was bought over by long term supporter of the organisation Alex West,but will retain a large presence in building.

The renovations will see the building extended at the front to pavement level with the Mission getting use of the front of the building downstairs.

The charity will also retain the Memorial room upstairs, alongside an office space and a private interview room.

Part of the new look Mission building will also see the organisation run an additional 24/7 area for fishermen.

Ms Kemp said: “We will also have a 24/7 facility which will be for fishermen only.

“It will provide them with a home from home with showers, kitchenette and lounge area where we hope to have video games and a computer area.”

The Superintendent believes that the computer area is especially beneficial for foreign fishermen who are trying to keep in contact with family back home.

Though no longer owning the whole building Ms Kemp describes the new situation with Mr West as “the best of both worlds.”

She said: “We have reduced back the space that we need because demand has changed but we get to stay in the building.”

Physical changes to the exterior of the building will see a granite facade up to the first floor of the premises while the windows have also been altered.