Fisherrow Waterfront Group achievements

While it was active as a distinct group, the Fisherrow Waterfront Group achieved a huge amount for the local area. Here's a selection.


    • Successfully applied for funding from the Stories, Stones & Bones Heritage Lottery Fund to make a film about the Fisherrow Fishwives. It was felt that there was nothing out there telling the story of these amazing & entrepreneurial women from Fisherrow who made very successful careers from selling fish. The last surviving Fishwife has a starring role in the film alongside two daughters who used their mother’s equipment to provide training to a group of 14 year old girls from the local school. Watch the film here:

    • Installed five interpretation boards on the waterfront to provide information and historical context for users

    • Secured funding for and then commissioned the Fisherrow Fishermen on the prom by Cockenzie based stone carver Gardner Molloy


    • Loony Dook events – in 2019 this included a beach warm up from Fox the Motivator more than 50 Dookers & 400 spectators, saluted by Eskmuthe Rowing Club

    • Volunteer action beach clean days with up to 60 participants attending

    • Family Fun Days with a range of activities including a tombola, kids crafts & a sandcastle competition

    • Christmas Festivals with tree decoration and performances by St David’s Brass Band from Gorebridge

    • Talk from ELC ranger re coastal erosion and plans for protective measures


    • Achieved bathing water status for Fisherrow back sands beach after a year of monitoring & investigation

    • Campaigning around the planning application to convert the site at the Quay

    • Ongoing engagement with SEPA & SW re poor bathing water quality


    • Helped to form the Fisherrow Harbour & Seafront Association including the development of the Management Agreement with ELC

    • Contributed to the Fisherrow Harbour & Waterfront Feasibility Study

    • Secured funding for showers at the toilet block


    • Raffle ticket sales at many FWG events were used to support projects and selected charities such as RNLI