Barbara Fraser – the 80-year-old crofter with a brand new quad

BORN in Yell more than 80 years ago, Barbara Fraser has been crofting all of her life – first at Gossabrough, then Culswick and now at Gulberwick, where she has been for almost fifty years.

Jane Moncrieff.

Remarkably, she is self-sufficient in local produce, casts her own peats and got herself a new quad to celebrate her 80th birthday earlier this year.

In the first audio interview as part of a new Shetland Voices series Jane Moncrieff visited Barbara a few days before Christmas to have a right good yarn about her life, crofting and how the Covid pandemic has changed her outlook.

Barbara clocked up 2,400 miles on her new quad this summer exploring Shetland including Ronas Hill, Lunna Ness and Culswick, where she lived when she was in her teens.

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