Martin belongs to: Merchants and Traders
Martin grew up in Tynemouth. After the war his father established William Wight Ltd as a family business. The shop provided the fishing fleet with stores and provisions. Martin now manages the shop.
Martin was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 15 February 2006. The interview took place at North Shields Fishermen's Mission and lasted 22 minutes and 30 seconds.
Changes at Wightís
"The business has changed quite dramatically, actually. I knew it would, itís because times do change and you cannot do anything about it"
The business has changed quite dramatically, actually. I knew it would, itís because times do change and you cannot do anything about it. The fishing industry has gone, just about completely. The easiest way to explain it is that when I first started on the Fish Quay and or the first 10 years, it was 95% boats and 5% over the counter, now itís a total swing the other way- itís 95% over the counter and 5% boats which is a very, very, very big change.
We have had to change, to survive; we have had to change the shop from a ship suppliers shop, virtually, to a shop which has to deal with boats and tourism at the same time, because that is the ball game down here now.
Instead of having thousands of people on the Fish Quay who are working on the Fish Quay, thereís thousands of people on the Fish Quay who are visiting, which is a big difference. We get people from all over the world coming in the shop, from America, Australia, New Zealand and everything like that. Itís absolutely marvellous, nice to meet these people. The funny thing is they get recommended by people who have already been over. Itís quite funny, actually.
Martin has 12 memories in the memorynet:
Martin's memories with a The North East theme:
- The early days at Wightís
- The business
- Changes at Wightís
- Community on the Fish Quay
- The atmosphere on the Fish Quay
- The future for the Fish Quay
- The Highlander Hotel
- Wm Wight Ltd
- North Shields Fish Quay
Martin's other memories: