NEW PETERHEAD FISH MARKET OFFICIALLY OPENED BY PRINCE CHARLES
The new Peterhead fish market has been officially opened by prince Charles, or the Duke of Rothesay as he is known in Scotland.
More than 500 guests from all across the north-east were invited to the market to celebrate its official opening on Saturday 30 September , from prominent skippers to celebrated seafood chefs.
There was entertainment from local school pupils, Turriff Pipe Band and musicians Fiona Kennedy and Maggie Adamson.
The prince also viewed exhibition stands and met contractors who worked on the project, fisheries organisations and heritage groups.
The new state-of-the-art Peterhead fish market opened for business in June 2018 to accommodate the greater quantities of high-quality stocks being landed on the quayside, with Prince Charles carrying out the official opening three months later.
Part of a £51 million redevelopment of the harbour by Peterhead Port Authority, the North Bay building replaces the former market at Merchants Quay which has now been demolished.
The new market has a capacity of 10,000 boxes and the latest refrigeration technology which, combined with good access for boats on the quayside and articulated lorries on the shoreside, ensure that product quality is maintained as fish pass through in efficient fashion. Plenty of office space and a new cafe also mean an enhanced working environment.
Speaking after the market first became operational in June, Peterhead Port Authority chief executive Simon Brebner said: “This is a historic time for the port. The new fish market, quayside improvements, deepening of the harbour and widening and replacement of the Queenie Bridge represent a major investment by the Board that will significantly improve operating conditions for users of the harbour and create a legacy for the town as a whole.”