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Fit o' the Toon: People - Fishwives Annual Picnic

This sequence of photographs shows Arbroath fishwives on their annual picnics in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

The picnics involved trips to places such as Letham and Friockheim in Angus or, further afield, to Kincardineshire and Aberdeenshire. It was a chance for the ladies to put on their 'braws', the best versions of their traditional fisher costumes.

The traditional 'blue coat', a thick woollen skirt, is covered by a 'strippet brot' (striped apron). Instead of the workday shawl, fine woollen plaid shawls are worn, usually black, red and yellow on a white background.


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