Orkney Fishermen’s Association has decorated fishy-themed Christmas trees in the waiting room for the Island ferries, as part of the Kirkwall Business Improvement District (BID) scheme, reports David Linkie.

Above: Fishermen’s children Casey and MaKayla Spence (Birsay Boy), Bella Spence (Sheila C), Marcus Grieve (Three Boys), and Drew and Morgan Dennison (Queline), with one of the OFS fishy-decorated Christmas trees in Kirkwall.

The BID initiative is an ongoing scheme to encourage people to shop and visit the local shops in the town, and Kirkwall harbour is part of the project.

OFA is a member of BID and has previously held a fresh seafood stall at the harbour, and in the build-up to the festive season it opted for the ‘peedie’ (small) trees.

Local fishermen’s children came along to have their own mini-tree lighting celebration, with sweets, juice and parcels provided for the youngsters. The ‘peedie’ trees are decorated with a wide selection of the fish their fathers catch, including a moon jellyfish and a common starfish on the top of the trees.

Fiona Matheson, secretary OFA said: “It’s a fun way for young children to learn a little bit about the Orkney fishery, and adds some interest for the many people who use the ferry waiting room too.”

OFA also made up a fishy quiz for under-12s with prizes as well as activity sheets for children of all ages, to take away and enjoy.

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Orkney Fishermen’s Association has decorated fishy-themed Christmas trees in the waiting room for the Island ferries, as part of the Kirkwall Business Improvement District (BID) scheme, reports David Linkie.

Above: Fishermen’s children Casey and MaKayla Spence (Birsay Boy), Bella Spence (Sheila C), Marcus Grieve (Three Boys), and Drew and Morgan Dennison (Queline), with one of the OFS fishy-decorated Christmas trees in Kirkwall.

The BID initiative is an ongoing scheme to encourage people to shop and visit the local shops in the town, and Kirkwall harbour is part of the project.

OFA is a member of BID and has previously held a fresh seafood stall at the harbour, and in the build-up to the festive season it opted for the ‘peedie’ (small) trees.

Local fishermen’s children came along to have their own mini-tree lighting celebration, with sweets, juice and parcels provided for the youngsters. The ‘peedie’ trees are decorated with a wide selection of the fish their fathers catch, including a moon jellyfish and a common starfish on the top of the trees.

Fiona Matheson, secretary OFA said: “It’s a fun way for young children to learn a little bit about the Orkney fishery, and adds some interest for the many people who use the ferry waiting room too.”

OFA also made up a fishy quiz for under-12s with prizes as well as activity sheets for children of all ages, to take away and enjoy.

Read more from Fishing News here