Twin town for Arbroath?

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WHAT do Arbroath and a small Norwegian island have in common?

Well, if one Arbroath student’s design takes off, the two smoked fish producing areas could be linked via a ‘smokeooterie’ and possibly a twinning programme.

Kyle Jackson (25), a fourth year student in Interior and Environmental Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College, wants to bring the two communities closer together.

For his final year design project, Kyle has investigated the possibility of developing a ‘smokeooterie’ at the West Links with a matching structure on the island of Leinoy off the coast of Norway near Alesund.

The ‘smokeooterie’ is a derivation of ‘sitooterie’ a Scots colloquialism for a place of quiet contemplation.

Kyle explained: “Sitooteries are small structures where people go and sit and reflect on the area.

“The idea of my design is to create a small space, one for Arbroath and one for Leinoy and it will act as a sort of cultural kiosk.

“In Arbroath we will have the Norwegian version with recipes and news from Leinoy and they will get the Arbroath side of things on their side.

“Quite interestingly Alesund has been twinned with Peterhead, so there’s that fishing connection already.

“There used to be eight companies on the island which smoked fish, now there is just Njardar, a small fishing firm that smokes fish as well. There’s the connection of smokies from Arbroath and then the smoked herring on the island.”

He added: “I’m gauging the interest initially, of course, but after my degree show and if this idea goes further and I’ve got enough interest I would have to look at funding some way or other.

“I contacted the community council and presented my idea to them and all the feedback has been good so far.”

For more information on Kyle’s project and to see other examples of ‘sitooteries’ from around the world visit