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The Heogan Story


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The Heogan Story - a link with the past, documents the changing times and fortunes of the Heogan fish meal factory, from its infancy in the 1880s through to today, 130 years later.

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James H. Tulloch, better known as Hebbie, was born in 1935 on the island of Bressay. Growing up on a croft set him on the path to farm work at Sumburgh and in Orkney. Returning to Shetland in 1955, a chance meeting led to a seasonal job at Heogan. The employment became permanent and Hebbioe started work at the Heogan factory as a plant operator. In 1960 he became foreman and ain 1964 was appointed factory manager - a position he retained until he resigned in 1986.

The story is above all a personal account of the author's life during 31 years of employment at the Bressay factory, and of the people who worked there. The importance of the local and foreign fishing boats which kept the factory going over the years is further highlighted by many photographs. Funny and humorous 'peerie' stories add light and insight into the workers life at Heogan.

Readers are given a unique glimpse into the history of one of Shetland's most important fish processing industries and its significance to the local economy. It is also a thoughtful reminder of what the future might hold - if we manage our fishing stocks with more care and consideration.


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