Fraserburgh Old Photos & Film

St Combs Beach Fraserburgh Scotland UK
Image by The_Red_Queen from Pixabay

Fraserburgh – known locally as ‘The Broch’ – is located in northeast Aberdeenshire, Scotland and has the biggest shellfish port in Europe. Its videos of the past reflect a small and close community.

Fraserburgh Through The 20th Century

This small fishing town in Scotland was at great risk during World War 2, despite being almost 600 north of London. 

During the 1950s the railways were an important way to move around Aberdeenshire, and thankfully this was caught on film. But as in the rest of the UK, Dr Beeching’s cuts changed the local rail industry forever. In just a few short years, Scotland lost 650 miles of its railway line and hundreds of railway stations, including Fraserburg.

The first video of local football appears in the mid-1960s and is a recurring theme in later decades. Socialising is a popular topic for filming by the end of the 1980s.

The video of young women working in the fish factory in the year 2000 reflects the importance of the harbour and fish trade to the town. The dangerous nature of the local seas in rough weather is also seen in other videos linked here.

Hogmanay, celebrating the start of the New Year, is an important Scottish tradition where a community gathers together in the heart of the town. 

The Blacknen In Fraserburgh

There are also a few videos showing the blacknen. This is very much a local custom practised in Orkney, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Fife and not widely known about in other parts of the UK.

Traditionally, a bride or groom would be covered in soot, treacle, flour and feathers on the day before the wedding, then paraded around town to ward off evil spirits.

Today, everyone in the Hen group (bride’s friends) and Stag group (groom’s friends) cover their faces in soot, get very drunk, and drive around on a truck with horns blaring. Finally, everyone jumps into the North Sea from the harbour!

Thanks to The_Red_Queen from Pixabay for use of the image.

Fraserburgh History In Old Photographs 

Published on 16 Oct 2013 by tourscotland.

Video of photographs of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.

“The name of the town means, literally, burgh of Fraser, after the Fraser family that bought the lands of Philorth in 1504 and thereafter brought about major improvement due to investment over the next century.” 

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Fraserburgh During World War 2

Fraserburgh at War ‘Little London’ (1939-45)

Published on 20 Jan 2013 by mathieson72.

“Fraserburgh (known locally as “The Broch”) can claim three holders of the Victoria Cross, an outstanding number of Britain’s highest military award for such a small fishing town. During the Second World War (1939-45) Fraserburgh became known as “Little London”. The German Luftwaffe targeted merchant convoys, which sailed close-by the coastline. Before returning to their air base in Trondheim, Norway, they would unload their unused bombs …. on Fraserburgh.”

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Fraserburgh In The 1950s

St Combs Train Cab Ride (Easter 1959)

Published on 1 May 2019 by Unseen Steam.

“Following his trip along the Light Railway branch (or ‘twig’) from Fraserburgh to St Combs at the end of March 1959 our cameraman made another run along the line later in the day, this time in the cab of the cow-catcher equipped LMS Ivatt class 2 mogul no 46460. The first view is on the exact same part of the line filmed from the roadside earlier in the day and the second shows us the very small Halt at Philorth Bridge. We then approach the first “proper” station at Cairnbulg before crossing yet more coastal land as we approach the terminus at St Combs. Returning tender first (and no doubt very pleased that these engines had tender cabs for just this sort of work!) we return through a bustling Cairnbulg; this serves as a reminder that this little line had a pretty good service in those days of around 8 trains a day (which accounts for its survival until the dread hand of Dr Beeching consigned it to dust on 3rd May 1965, by which time there were 11 services a day and one more on Saturdays!). Our final view shows the surprisingly large terminus at Fraserburgh.”

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Fraserburgh In The 1960s

Fraserburgh v Ross County (1964)

Published on 22 Nov 2017 by MrBryanb74.

Fraserburgh FC v Ross County FC at Bellslea Park on Saturday 2nd May 1964.

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Fraserburgh In The 1980s

Fraserburgh (Broch) Folk 1988

Published on 13 Mar 2015 by Broch Tapes.

“Random small clips of folk from the Broch filmed in 1988”.

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Oak Tree Bar (1980s)

Published on 1 Apr 2012 by Broch Tapes.

“Locals having a good time in their local bar in the Broch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.”

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Fraserburgh In The 1990s

Fraserburgh (Broch) Hogmanay 1 (1991)

Published on 25 Jan 2012 by Broch Tapes.

“Town centre in Fraserburgh at New Year.”

Fraserburgh (Broch) Hogmanay 2 (1991) 

Published on 17 Feb 2012 by Broch Tapes.

“Town centre in Fraserburgh at New Year. Aberdeenshire.”

Fraserburgh (Broch) Hogmanay 3 (1991) Part 3

Published on 1 Mar 2012 by Broch Tapes.

“Hogmanay in the Broch town centre 1991.”

Fraserburgh Brochers Trolly Jacking (1992)

Published on 20 Jan 2012 by Broch Tapes.

“Brochers trolly jacking 1992.”

Town Centre Broch Folk 1993

Published on 14 Feb 2012 by Broch Tapes.

“People in Fraserburgh town centre walking about.”

Dalrymple Dyke (1993)

Published on 10 Feb 2012 by Broch Tapes.

“Folk in the Broch hanging about besides the Dalrymple Dyke 1993.”

Stormy Seas At Fraserburgh Harbour (1997)

Published on 3 Mar 2013 by 62mckMrs.

“I filmed this during 1997 and added Matthew James singing ‘Sheltered in the arms of God’ Taken during very rough seas outside the harbour.”

Woolies (1999)

Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Broch Tapes.

“Broch toon centre: The Broadgate. Woolworths when it was still open.”

The Woolworths Group, colloquially called “Woollies” across the UK, once stood on the majority of our High Streets.

The last branches closed on 6 January 2009 in the aftermath of the credit crunch – and amongst some criticism of Deloittes.

30,000 Woolworths staff across the UK lost their jobs.

Fraserburgh In The 21st Century

Fraserburgh (Broch) Fish Yard (2000)

Published on 8 Feb 2012 by Broch Tapes.

“Fish Factory in Fraserburgh 2000.”

Girls’ Blacknen Harbour Jump (2000)

Published on 31 Jan 2012 by Broch Tapes.

Video taken in the year 2000. Girls having a laugh on a Blackening. 

“Quines hayin a gweed lach. Ats fits its aa aboot yi ken.”

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Mens’ Blacknen Harbour Jump (2000)

Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Broch Tapes.

Pre-wedding tradition in Scotland.

Broadsea Fraserburgh (2000)

Published on 10 Feb 2012 by Broch Tapes.

“View of the Broadsea, Broch Aberdeenshire 2000.”

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Fraserburgh Strongest Man (2007)

Published on 22 May 2007 by ffbull. 20th May 2007.

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Visiting Fraserburgh (2007)

Published on 4 Jul 2007 by starfieldband. 

“Shopping beats out castles, Ben fails at returning used shoes, the best catering all year, the best 12 year old band we’ve ever heard, and the last chords in the hot, packed, sweaty church in Fraserburgh…”

Rough Weather At The Harbour (2013)

Published on 19 Mar 2013 by Davy Moates.

“Boat coming into the burgh!”

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