Fred Normandale, known to all old friends as 'Freddy Nom', was born in Scarborough in 1948. His father and mother were both from fishing families. He is married to Dorothy (Dotty). They have three children, Paula, Danny and Sarah and five grandchildren, Beth, Amie, Tilly, Harry and Charlotte.
Fred is a founding member and former Chairman of National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations, ex-operations manager of Scarborough Lifeboat and is President of the Scarborough Sea Cadet Corp.
Now shore based, he manages and part owns five trawlers between 60 and 75 Feet. Fred is also a Director of Alliance Fish Co. which he and three other skippers formed in 1982, enabling them to market their own catches. This agency now acts for the majority of Scarborough vessels and a significant part of the Whitby fleet. The Company now also deals in wholesale, retail fish and shellfish.
Fred came ashore in 1991 having spent 26 years at sea, 20 as skipper/owner of trawling, pair trawling and potting vessels to concentrate on the administration side of his business interests. His hobbies include writing, speaking to local groups, sailing on the STS Lord Nelson as a ‘Bosun’s Mate’ and having a few beers with his pals in the Old Town pub, the ‘Leeds Arms’.