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.
Decline in the herring stocks and changes in the industry
"Well, what happened was that the herring was getting less and less"
Well, what happened was that the herring was getting less and less herring, to get during, landed in this country, so we had to make a conscious decision whether we were going to carry on kippering, and if we were, we’d have to get frozen herring in from Iceland or Norway to meet our needs. So obviously once you’re getting frozen herring in, you can kipper all year round, so it seemed sensible to upgrade the factory to meet any criteria that larger markets would need us to have. So, yes, we were quite positive about doing all the work, you know. I mean, it was horrendously expensive at the time but it had to be done.
Neil has 15 memories in the memorynet:
Neil's memories with a Skills theme:
Neil's other memories:
- Childhood memories of the business
- Changes at Robson’s
- Decline in the herring stocks and changes in the industry
- The future
- Changes in the Craster fishing community
- Robson’s role in the local community
- Kippers being smoked
- Staff at Robson's
- Fish waiting to go to the smokehouse
- The final product
- Robson's Kippers
- The piers at Craster