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08.09.03
Newquay Fish Festival, 13-14 September 2003

Come along to Newquay harbour on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September where you can sample delicious local seafood cooked by a host of local chefs and the whole family can be entertained.

Newquay Harbour will be filled this weekend with all things fishy. For the first time it is holding events and activities in the Harbour from 11.00am – 4.00pm Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September. Opened by the new Grand Bard of Cornwall Rodney Lyons there will be live cookery demonstrations from well known local hotels and restaurants including Finns Restaurant in the Harbour, The Dolphin Restaurant, The Hotel Bristol and The Fort.

The idea for the fish festival came from meetings that are being held with the harbour users, local fishermen, Newquay Regeneration Forum and Objective One project Restormel Regeneration Partnership to look at the enhancement of the harbour area and promote the local produce that is being caught on our shores.

The wet fish and shellfish displays are sure to draw the crowds as will the fish auction after the last cookery demonstration on Sunday.

Entertainment for all ages is being provided and the Blue Reef Aquarium will be bringing along their 'Rock Pool Road Show' on both days at 12 noon which will enable people to experience 'hands on contact' with some of the native species from around our shores. Newquay Zoo will be providing face painting during both days of the festival.

There will be live music throughout the event from local bands and Newquay gigs will be on show in the harbour and free admission is being offered to Newquay Rowing Club for refreshments. Local businesses including a wine merchant and smoked fish company will be exhibiting at the festival and there will be a Pilchard barbecue.

Phil Trebilcock, local fisherman, says: "We are very excited by the idea and look forward to the day which will be full of fun for all age groups as well as promoting the amount of fish that is actually caught on the shores of Newquay and its surrounding areas."

Sally Heard from Restormel Regeneration Partnership says: "The fish festival is one of the many ideas that has come out of the discussions held at the Harbour over the summer months. It is hoped that this event will kick start the process of regeneration for the harbour and be the first of an annual fish festival for Newquay."

Gill Moore from Newquay Regeneration Forum says: "The fish festival will be the first of its kind for Newquay and has pulled many groups, organisations and businesses together which are helping make the event happen. The turn around time for the bid was amazing and we are looking forward to the festival which should be a great success."

Any proceeds that are made from the day will be going to the RNLI. Come and support the first Newquay Fish Festival where there is something for everyone!

For more information call:

Gill Moore 01637 871067 or Sally Heard 01726 623735

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Editor's notes:

Restormel Regeneration Partnership

Restormel Regeneration Partnership was established in 2000, with the object of making Restormel '…a more prosperous and lively area...' by making maximum use of the opportunities for regeneration.

Integrated Area Plans (IAPs) are the way in which Objective One can help communities. These are the plans that integrate the economic, social and environmental aspects of the Objective One programme into a framework for use in a specific area. There are eleven plans throughout Cornwall, three of which (St Austell Bay, China Clay Area, and Newquay & its Rural Hinterland) are covered by Restormel.

The Objective One funded Integrated Area Plan team was established in February 2001 to deliver the three IAPs for Restormel. It can help with developing and supporting community based projects who wish to apply for Objective One funding.

The RRP team is funded by Restormel Borough Council, Objective One, the South West of England Regional Development Agency, Imerys, Cornwall County Council and Health Action Zone

For further information:

Sally Heard
Development Officer, Newquay and its Rural Hinterland Integrated Area Plan
01726 623735
e-mail: sally@rrp.org.uk

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Jason Clark
Communications Adviser
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
objectiveone@cornwall.gov.uk

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