Posted on 22nd August 2017 at 15:04
If you enjoy your morning kippers, then you are partaking of a very historic tradition here in Whitby! In times past, fishermen and women went through a great deal to help bring this iconic food to the table ...
So … What Are The ‘Silver Darlings’?
Kippers are the smoked version of the herring, an oily, silvery fish that once shoaled in vast numbers along our North Sea coastline.
The silver darlings, as the herring were often referred to, swam along our coasts in the late summer and into autumn, with the Scottish (and some English) fishing boats in their wake.
And it wasn’t only fishing vessels that followed the fish. The herring girls, as they were known, followed the menfolk from their homes, travelling right down the East Coast by rail and on foot. In the time of photographer Frank Meadow Sutcliffe and through to the Edwardian era, this pelagic fish was plentiful.