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The Walls Boys 7/7

Peter writes:
'On a Sunday evening Sandy and John always discussed the following week's schedule, and where better than the fireside.

It must be said that these two men were probably the last people to fish out of Kirkwall using the Long-line method. For haddock it was always the back o' Rousay and when out for halibut , the banks off Copinsay. On the trip overnight for the big fish, they were accompanied by their friends David Linklater and Jim Dearness , also of Kirkwall.'

Date is an estimate.
Picture added on 05 August 2004
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The Walls Boys
I'd like to know if Jim Dearness went on to work for Northrop Corportion int he 1970's. Worked with him then....any info would be appreciated.
Added by Richard Sisterson on 21 March 2007
Sorry Richard...no chance. All the men refered to in this photo would have been retired by the 1970's if not already deceased.
P. Burges.
Added by Peter Burges on 21 March 2007
Peter, thanks for posting the photos of the Walls Boys... as you know your mum and my grandmother were Johnny's sisters! I mind my late father, Tommy, telling me stories of Johnny's time at sea but to see these photos is just great! I hope you're well and I'll try and pop by when I'm next in Orkney. Please pass my regards to your family!
Added by Neil Hourston on 06 August 2007
Good to hear from you Neil. Just remember you are unlikely to see me in Orkney!

You may get in touch by using my e-mail address.
Hope you are all well and best regards to Dawn and family also.
Added by Peter Burges on 06 August 2007
Hi! Peter,I have just finished uploading all the " Walls Bros." Photos'on to my album as I knew them so well when I was a boy. Reading the commments for this one, the names, David Linklater and Jim Dearness who also fished for a living. "Westray Dave" as I remember him called, and Jim Dearness a small man in stature but a very successful line fisherman. I used to dig up lugworm for bait for Jim and Billy Jolly sen., who had just taken delivery of a new boat the" Marbeth" from Duncans yard in Burray. As a boy, I lived at Cromwell Road and we used to dig lugworm on the shore below at low tide for pocket money. You had to be enterprising just after the War.

P.S.,the people used to queue up to buy a string of haddocks for 2 shillings as soon as the boats came in to the Corn Slip. What better dinner than boiled haddock, tatties, cabbage and Orkney butter.

Added by Phil Brough.
Added by Phil Brough on 10 September 2009
Hi I was wondering weather these are of the same family as mine. My grandad Andrew Walls had a brother called Sandy (Alec) also Robert and other siblings, although not sure of their names. Bob, Sandy and Andy moved to england?
Added by Lindsey Walls on 09 November 2011
Don't think so Lindsay. They were the only two brothers, the remainder of this family were all female.
I think I know the family you could be related to for they also stayed in White Street Kirkwall at the same time.
Perhaps if Stewart Walls, who still lives in Kirkwall, reads this e-mail,possibly he might be able to help you.
Added by Peter Burges on 10 November 2011
Thank you, I've found a picture of my gran and her brother, Magaret and Billy Scollay. Would be lovely to find other pics and info on my family. I think it's interesting to see where they are from!
Added by Lindsey Walls on 11 November 2011
On receiving my weekly copy of The Orcadian today, I note with great sadness, the passing of my friend Phil Brough, with whom I have corresponded frequently on this website.

I would like to extend to his family my very deepest sympathy.
He has been a truly faithful Kirkwallian.

[I posted a note about Phil's passing on the Image library homepage, available under the main picture or from the News link - Steven]
Added by Peter Burges on 11 November 2011
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