Neil belongs to: Merchants and Traders
Neil was born in Craster and is the fourth generation of his family in the kipper business. The business has gone through a series of changes in recent times, but Robson's continues to make kippers.
Neil was interviewed by Kylea Little on 7 February 2006. The interview took place at Robson's Kippers, Craster and lasted 13 minutes and 45 seconds.
Changes at Robsonís
"Well, exterior-wise, itís the same as itís been for, since it was built"
Well, exterior-wise, itís the same as itís been for, since it was built. It was built in 1856, weíve retained the original smokehouses that we still smoke them in, but interior-wise, itís changed beyond all recognition over the sort of last 10 years, simply because of new hygiene, food regulation laws came in and we had to upgrade the premises to meet the criteria.
Well, itís all for the best, really. Weíve had to put a new floor in, and all the walls had to be covered with plastic, sealant plastic for easily washing down, the tender sticks at one time, theyíd be hanging the herring on, used to be made of wood with nails in them, but now theyíre all stainless steel- thereís no wood at all in the factory at all.
Neil has 15 memories in the memorynet:
Neil's memories with a Change theme:
- Childhood memories of the business
- Changes at Robsonís
- Decline in the herring stocks and changes in the industry
- The future
- Changes in the Craster fishing community
- Robsonís role in the local community
- Robson's Kippers
- The piers at Craster
Neil's other memories: