Musselburgh’s fisher families will have an opportunity to celebrate their history at a special church service later this month.
Banners once paraded through Fisherrow, during the famous Fishermen’s Walk, have found a new home at Musselburgh Congregational Church, where a service of dedication is being held on September 22 at 11am.
It is hoped members of the community and other local churches will join Rev Janice Andrews and the congregation to mark the occasion.
Established in the 1790s, the Fishermen’s Walk was held annually in September as a means of raising money to help fishing families in times of need. As the years progressed, it became a celebration involving the whole community.
Traditionally, the men and boys would walk behind the banner of the Fisherrow Fisherman’s Friendly Society, while the women and girls would follow the Lady Hope Banner.
The last walk was held in 1997 and the banners were put on display at Fisherrow Coast Mission, until it closed a few years later.
They were finally brought out of storage earlier this year and handed over to the Congregational Church during the Musselburgh Festival harbour ceremony.
Jamie Fairnie, a member of the only remaining fishing family still working from Fisherrow, was delighted to present the banners on behalf of the fishing community.
He told the News: “It was the Congregational Church that a lot of the Fishermen attended and many of them were elders as well as parishioners.
“It is also the oldest church in Musselburgh, built in 1801 with stones carried by the fishermen and sailors from the shores of the Firth. We thought it fitting that the banners should be displayed in a church built by fishermen.”
Jane Fairnie (no relation), a member of the church and of the former Fishermen’s Walk Committee, said: “We are very proud to be given the care of the banners and they will be hanging in our church for all time.
“The church is delighted to have the opportunity to give them a home and to put them on show for people to see.”