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Willie Nicolson and Billy Thompson with a massive conger eel
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Willie Nicolson and Billy Thompson with a massive conger eel

This dates from around August 1975 - it's Willie Nicolson and Billy Thompson with a massive conger eel they caught during low tide at the harbour when the boys used to walk along the 'piles' (horizontal support structures) to catch crabs and, if they were lucky (and they were!), lobsters. This particular catch was sold to Skip Mackay (picture #759) for 20p - apparently he knew a recipe for conger stew!
Picture added on 11 September 2010 at 19:38
Willie, I too have that photo. Hamish our youngest son is into catching congers too - he has yet to get one bigger than the one in the photo but I must say he has eaten the ones he has caught. YUK.
Added by Flora Thomson on 13 September 2010
I always thoughts the conger eels at the piles were a myth!
Added by Jess Alexander (nee Gunn) on 13 September 2010
Afraid not Jess, that's where Hamish gets them.
Added by Flora Thomson on 14 September 2010
plz ! tell me not ! is this my father . the William Colin Nicolson ? from Cromarty ? the late Alec and still my granny Mary son ! my father ( Pauline Shepherd ) someone plz tell me its him ! coz its very un canny the resembalance !
Added by Pauline Shepherd on 30 September 2010
Yes Pauline that is indeed your father.
Added by Lill Thomson nee Logan on 02 October 2010
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