Former Aberdeen trawlerman Rab Youngman is campaigning passionately for a statue to be erected in memory of the trawlers, and the men that crewed the fleet, which until little more than a generation ago, had long provided the lifeblood of the Granite City.

Rab Youngman said: “It is an absolute disgrace that Aberdeen does not have a memorial to an industry that for many years sustained our city, and was a way of life for generations of families, including trawler owners, who made large sums of money out of fishing.”

Aberdeen memorial

Ex-Aberdeen trawlerman Rab Youngman and Lewis Macdonald MSP outside Aberdeen’s old Roundhouse to promote his campaign to erect a memorial to Aberdeen’s former trawler fleet and fishermen.

Last week Rab Youngman met Lewis MacDonald MSP outside the old Roundhouse, which was a familiar sight to returning Aberdeen trawlermen, to enlist his support in the campaign to fund a suitable memorial to local fishermen and trawlers.

Rab Youngman has also set up an online petition to support the campaign: –which can be found here

Rab Youngman added, “As the once vibrant fleet has now long gone, it’s about time something was done to remember Aberdeen’s proud fishing heritage.

“Many boats and men were lost, far too many. Other communities around the country have erected statues, plaques and preserved ships in memory of their fishermen… surely Aberdeen can do the same for both past and future generations.

“The old Roundhouse, a once familiar sight to the few of us left from that bygone era, is now out of use. I’m sure that the Aberdeen Harbour Board, in light of the many years of profitable revenue they received from the trawling fleet, would be open to suggestions as to change of use ie as a Memorial along with a suitable statue – not too hard, surely?

“There are only a few of us left now, most in our ‘twilight years’ so please, oh please, will somebody do something?

“Don’t let the memory of generations of trawlermen die with us. Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen Harbour Board are you listening?”

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Former Aberdeen trawlerman Rab Youngman is campaigning passionately for a statue to be erected in memory of the trawlers, and the men that crewed the fleet, which until little more than a generation ago, had long provided the lifeblood of the Granite City.

Rab Youngman said: “It is an absolute disgrace that Aberdeen does not have a memorial to an industry that for many years sustained our city, and was a way of life for generations of families, including trawler owners, who made large sums of money out of fishing.”

Aberdeen memorial

Ex-Aberdeen trawlerman Rab Youngman and Lewis Macdonald MSP outside Aberdeen’s old Roundhouse to promote his campaign to erect a memorial to Aberdeen’s former trawler fleet and fishermen.

Last week Rab Youngman met Lewis MacDonald MSP outside the old Roundhouse, which was a familiar sight to returning Aberdeen trawlermen, to enlist his support in the campaign to fund a suitable memorial to local fishermen and trawlers.

Rab Youngman has also set up an online petition to support the campaign: –which can be found here

Rab Youngman added, “As the once vibrant fleet has now long gone, it’s about time something was done to remember Aberdeen’s proud fishing heritage.

“Many boats and men were lost, far too many. Other communities around the country have erected statues, plaques and preserved ships in memory of their fishermen… surely Aberdeen can do the same for both past and future generations.

“The old Roundhouse, a once familiar sight to the few of us left from that bygone era, is now out of use. I’m sure that the Aberdeen Harbour Board, in light of the many years of profitable revenue they received from the trawling fleet, would be open to suggestions as to change of use ie as a Memorial along with a suitable statue – not too hard, surely?

“There are only a few of us left now, most in our ‘twilight years’ so please, oh please, will somebody do something?

“Don’t let the memory of generations of trawlermen die with us. Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen Harbour Board are you listening?”

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