This blog is about Fittie Beach, Aberdeen. Many villagers have dogs and use the beach most days, in all weathers. The beach is always changing, and there’s a huge variety of stuff that gets washed up. It’s a great place to live.
The sand on the beach is the highest level I’ve ever seen it, in four and a half years of living here. We had a good deposit of Fittie beach ‘sea coal’ the other day – I’ll save that story for another time! Today along the strand line there’s a lot of pink, spongy looking things, up to about 10 cm across although most are about half that. I think these are from a coral called Dead Man’s Fingers (Alcyonium digitatum), but can’t find a picture that matches any of these in the text books.
In the cold light of day, they can look quite gruesome – not just their shapes, but their fleshy colours too. It’s odd how they seem to get washed up en masse, as if some localised turbulent disaster has dislodged them all from the sea bed. The dead crabs seem to get washed up in batches too.
We are working on an article showing the evolution of Fittie using historical map and photographic sources. We need to check copyright before we publish, but in the mean time here is a reference to the 1828 town map showing the new “Fish Town” of Footdee:
Read here an interesting piece describing Fittie and with a 1828 map showing the “fish town”
Congratulations to Kristofer, aged 4, whose name “Seashell” was chosen for the play boat!
Fittie Community Development Trust hosted its first official event on Saturday 17th September. The Family Play Day event was designed to celebrate the ongoing development of Fittie Play Park and the recent installation of our impressive new play boat, funded by Aberdeen City Council. The Play Day activities were resourced and organised by The Play Forum and one of the key activities of the day’s events was a ‘Boat Naming’ competition for children under twelve years of age.
Fittie Play park was looking its very best on the day; the area was surrounded with flags and bunting lent to us by the local Sea Cadets and the sun shone down on children, parents and volunteers as they enjoyed using the park for what it was designed for-supporting children’s play.
The event was well attended and enjoyed by both local families and visitors to the area. Around sixty possible names for our boat were submitted to the Play Forum and these were given to Castlehill and Pittodrie Community Council to select the winner. On a vote, the winning name was declared as “Seashell’, submitted by Kristofer, aged 4. On receiving a phone call with the news, both Kristofer and his mother were delighted, saying that they’d never won anything before!
Kristofer was sent a book token to the value of twenty pounds from Waterstone’s, donated by Castehill and Pittodrie Community Council.
Thank you to all who gave their time, energy and goodwill to this successful and enjoyable community event.
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