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Newlyn Fish Festival 2008

The Newlyn Fish Festival will once again be celebrating the Cornish fish industry on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August, amongst the wonderful surroundings of Cornwall's largest fishing port. The Festival is organised in aid of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen which provides care, compassion and support to working, retired and disabled fishermen and their families.

This year's event aims to promote the diversity, quality and sustainability of fish and shellfish landed in Cornwall by a fleet of vessels from 49 ports, harbours and coves around the 326-mile Cornish coastline. Visitors will be able to buy locally caught fish and shellfish, learn about current fishing methods and enjoy a wide array of seafood from the region's producers. The Festival will also host over 100 trade, craft, art and charity stalls, as well as open fishing vessels, a Navy war ship, Cornwall Sea Fisheries patrol vessel, gig racing, helicopters and the RNLI Penlee lifeboat. All this and more will take place to an uplifting programme of music from sea shanty singers, the Rum and Shrub Shanty Men and the Falmouth Shout, the award winning Camborne Youth Band, the Cornish Worzels, The Newlyn Male Voice Choir, Newlyn's very own 'Heart and Soul,' plus Janette Eathorne and Jill Abbott singing Cornish songs and popular ballads.

Special guest Pete Goss will be opening this year's event. Pete and his traditional wooden lugger "Spirit of Mystery" shall follow in the wake of seven Cornishmen who made a heroic journey to Australia 154 years ago. The 37ft "Mystery" was an open Mounts Bay lugger built in Newlyn.

Now, 153 years later, Pete has built "Spirit of Mystery" to celebrate their amazing achievement. The vessel will be as true to the original "Mystery" as possible, they will not use an engine and there will be no modern electrical and navigational systems. "Spirit of Mystery" and her crew shall set sail on their voyage during October but shall be open for visitors at the Newlyn Fish Festival.

Further highlights of the Festival will include the Seafood Cornwall Fish and Shellfish Master Class with champion fishmonger Duncan Lucas, fish smoking demonstrations with the award winning Kipperman, traditional Withey pot making with Richard Ede and the popular fish display and charity auction with Robin Turner. To ensure all ages are entertained, there will be plenty of activities and workshops to encourage children to learn about our coast and sample wonderful Cornish seafood.

The Newlyn Fish Festival will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 25th August, Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall. Visit for more information.

For further information please contact Sarah Henshall, Fish Festival Secretary, on 01736 364324 or email

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Seafood Cornwall project through the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance (FIFG).


Editor's notes:

WHEN: 25th August 2008 – Bank Holiday Monday
VENUE: Newlyn Harbour, Newlyn, near Penzance, Cornwall
OPEN: from 9.00am to 5.00pm
TICKETS: £4 adults, accompanied children go free

For a selection of high resolution images please visit the Press page at and email with your request.

The Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen (the Fishermen's Mission) provides care, compassion and support to working, retired and disabled fishermen and their families. Deep-sea fishing is dangerous and unpredictable. Hardship and tragedy are facts of everyday life in the UK's fishing communities. It is to the Fishermen's Mission that fishermen and their families turn when they need financial, practical and emotional support. They are the only national charity specifically providing this care; they are THE Fishermen's Charity.

The Newlyn Fish Festival raises funds for the RNMDSF. Money raised is donated to the RNMDSF for both National and Local causes. The committee is made up of local volunteers who devote their time and energy to support the Cornish Fishing Industry and the RNMDSF.

For more information on the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen contact Keith Dickson, Superintendant at Newlyn Fishermen's Mission, Newlyn on 01736 363499 or Sarah Henshall, Fish Festival Secretary on 01736 364324, email:, or visit:


Clare Morgan
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