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.
"At one time, it was mostly, because it was just seasonal, it was mostly just local markets we served"
At one time, it was mostly, because it was just seasonal, it was mostly just local markets we served. Shops in the area, and we had quite a large postal service as well, mail order. But now itís changed because we are doing it all year round, I mean one of our biggest markets is Waitrose supermarkets. I mean, they take quite large quantities.
We supply a company called Real Gourmet who supply GNER the railway company and our kippers and smoked salmon are on the breakfast menu, and they also, Real Gourmet supply I think itís Midland Mainline and Anglia One and some other railway companies with our product. So yes, itís changed over the years. One time we relied on local shops and that, supply it, but now itís a much bigger market.
Neil has 15 memories in the memorynet:
Neil's memories with a Women theme:
Neil's other memories:
- 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
- Making kippers
- Kippers being smoked
- Staff at Robson's
- Women preparing herring
- Fish waiting to go to the smokehouse
- The final product
- Robson's Kippers
- The piers at Craster