Progress made to create statue in honour of North-east fishwife

Isie Caie carried fish to sell in Aberdeen.

She is known as the last fishwife of Aberdeen.

Fisherwoman Isie Caie could regularly be spotted walking into Aberdeen from Cove carrying a creel loaded with fish on her back to sell.

Isie has become an integral part of local folklore and community leaders in Cove have vowed to continue raising funds to build a statue of her as a permanent monument to the city’s fishing heritage.

Cove in Bloom launched a £20,000 appeal more than three years ago for the statue and are halfway to the cash target.

According to legend, it would take two men to lift the heavy creel of fish on to Isie’s back as she made her journey into Aberdeen to sell her wares at the market.

Wendy Suttar from Cove in Bloom said: “Isie was not tall, slim, or traditionally beautiful, as fishwives have been depicted elsewhere, and although she was a pretty young girl she is often remembered as a bent little woman, all out of shape from years of carrying a huge, heavy creel of fish, that took two men to lift on to her back, from Cove Bay to Aberdeen to sell at The Green or the Market.

“Isie’s face and figure bore the signs and lines of the hard life she lived, along with all the other fishwives along the east coast, and she is still remembered by residents of Cove who were children when she was still plying her trade in fish as late as the 1960s.”

She died in 1966, and was buried in Nigg Kirkyard.

Work on the statue of Isie did start earlier this year when the marble arrived at Cove Bay but ran into problems when it was pushed over by vandals after just a day.

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