Scottish fishing stalwart dies –

Scottish fishing stalwart dies Published:  17 February, 2004

TRIBUTES were paid today to leading Scottish fishing industry figure Hugh Allen who has died from cancer aged 55.

Mr Allen became secretary of the Mallaig and North-west Fishermen’s Association in 1993 and before that, was a skipper owner in his own right as well as a fisheries journalist.

Mallaig association chairman John MacAlister said that Mr Allen, survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter, was a true gentlemen who put the fishing industry before his own personal life.

“He had a major involvement in the industry and he sat on something like 23 committees. He took a great personal interest in the industry and was a gentleman.

He put his job before his family and his own social life- the job was his life.

He will be greatly missed.”

Meanwhile Hamish Morrison, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, which the Mallaig association is a member of, said that Mr Allen was extremely diligent and knowledgeable in his advocacy of the industry’s interests. This serious side was balanced by a wonderful sense of humour, sometimes at his own expense.

A private funeral service will be held on Thursday of this week with a memorial service expected to be held early next month in Oban.