Plockton’s building tradition

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STUDENTS from Plockton High School are building boats as part of cultural project, writes senior reporter Monica Gibson.
’Am -bata traditional boat building and repair’ celebrates the art of boat building. Plockton has a long tradition of boat use and the village still has a strong interest in its boat heritage.
District reporter, f 30 am bata 01noColin Macrae from Plockton says students from the school have been getting involved in the project for some time, already having built six boats and onTuesday June 28, before a large crowd at the Plockton car park, the seventh was launched.

Mr Macrae explained: ‘Named Elfie, it was a 14 foot rowing boat built for Mr and Mrs Ian Robinson from Newcastle.
’Mrs Robinson’s name is Elsie but many people call her Elfie. Eddie Green towed the boat from the high school and after speeches by head teacher Susan Galloway and Donald Galbraith from the West Highland college, Dougie Pincock played the pipes as the boat was launched.

‘Mr and Mrs Robinson who were present were delighted with their new boat, painted white and blue.  They towed it south on July 2.’

He added: ‘Resident boat-builder Mark Stock said the pupils had made a lovely boat.’