Brechin Rotarians visit one of the few boat yards in Scotland

Pictured are a few of the Rotarians, with Harry (centre) explaining some of the finer points of boat building.
Pictured are a few of the Rotarians, with Harry (centre) explaining some of the finer points of boat building.

Brechin rotary Club members visited Mackays Boat Builders on a stormy night last week.

With the waves crashing against the sea wall, owner Harry Simpson and his staff laid on a tour of the extensive yard in Arbroath, which is involved in all types of marine based engineering.

It is one of the few remaining boat yards in Scotland, concentrating these days on refurbishment rather than new builds, and has worked recently on such prestigious projects as the restoration of the Discovery and the Unicorn.

The club were also treated on the same evening to a talk from Stuart Scott, a Rotarian famous for his Arbroath Smokies.

After Stuart revealed some of the mysteries involved in producing the perfect product, he explained how he now is involved in the “Foundation Smokie” project.

Stuart is selling, by post, his delicious smokies using his website www.arbroathsmokiesdirect.co.uk, and profits from the sales are being given to Rotary’s charity, Foundation, which does good work all over the World.