When I went back up to the house, we had a chat about it, and it was clear that Fish Granny and Granda had quite deep emotions about the loss of this building. Fish Granda started to work there when he left school, and the boat building business was able to thrive when the fishing industry was more vibrant in that part of the world.
On reflection, I understand the poignancy associated with the loss of this building that in many ways has served to symbolise the traditions of the village.
Some people are happy to see it removed – it will improve their outlook – and realistically no-one would want the building to fall into disrepair or become an eyesore.
All of this got me thinking about what things – places, people, memories – am I emotionally attached to and unwilling to let go. Probably, more than I care to admit!