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Changes of hands at local society

Left to right, speakers David Dunkley and Tom Easton, outgoing President Duncan Macdonald, Muriel Hardy, Andy Wakelin, George Hastie, Chassar Jessop and Joanne Mobus. Photo by Forbes Inglis.

Left to right, speakers David Dunkley and Tom Easton, outgoing President Duncan Macdonald, Muriel Hardy, Andy Wakelin, George Hastie, Chassar Jessop and Joanne Mobus. Photo by Forbes Inglis.

Members and friends of Montrose Natural History and Antiquarian Society were treated to a piece of history when a film of the construction of the last wooden fishing coble to be built by Joseph Johnston and Sons in their Montrose yard was shown.

Tom Easton, of Ferryden, who worked for the firm for 30 years and was in charge of the construction, gave the presentation and provided an insight into the finer details of boat building. He brought along a selection of his woodworking tools, not used nowadays as such vessels are made of fibreglass.

The film was made in the early 1980s by David Dunkley, who lived and worked in Montrose at the time, and has now retired to the area who was also on hand.

The meeting was preceded by the annual general meeting of the Society. The chairman, Duncan Macdonald, and vice-chairman Joanne Mobus both stood down. David Dunkley was elected as chairman and Rev George Hastie as vice-chairman. Muriel Hardy took on the dual role of secretary and treasurer.

Committee members elected were Duncan Macdonald, Joanne Mobus, Rhona Manzi, Andy Wakelin and Graham Bowman. John Paton will continue as auditor.

 

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