Down the slipway to the waters for the first time the ‘Uel of Portballintrae’ enters the waters on a bright day at the Portballintrae harbour. WK10KC12
YOU’D be forgiven for believing little happens in Portballintrae during winter.
A village of so many caravans and holiday homes can seem desolate outside the summer months.
But a surprising community spirit burns throughout the dark empty days.
And it's kept alive by people like Paul Blanchard.
That's why a 50 or 60 – a sizeable chunk of the permanent population - braved gale-force winds to see the launch the Drontheim fishing boat he'd spent the winter months building behind closed doors in the harbour's boathouse.
By focusing on a craft emblematic of the port's past, he's not only resurrecting an almost dead tradition, but helping re-establish the harbour's role as community hub.
*Read more on this story inside this week's Chronicle.