Newlyn Fish Festival has renewed emphasis on roots as celebrations draw near
NEWLYN is making ready for its annual fish festival this weekend, as a new era pulls into harbour.
This year sees a committee of seven solely responsible for the event for the first time after the Fisherman’s Mission decided to take a back seat - though all money raised will still go to the charity.
It has been said Monday’s celebrations will see a renewed focus on fish and the industry itself in 2013.
Newlyn Fish Festival Committee member Steve Ryman said fisherman in Newlyn have been positive about developments.
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“It looks like we have got more support from the fisherman than before, which is great,” he said. “There have been lots of promises of good fish.
“It’s good for us - it’s going to be an amazing display, maybe the best ever.”
Mr Ryman said in recent years some of the origins of the festival were lost, but attempts have been made to rekindle traditions.
“For all sorts of reasons it had moved slightly away from the industry - even though it’s all about fish. We are making a determined effort to engage with it and promote it,” he added.
The greater emphasis on maritime enterprise has also been highlighted by the choice of person brought in to officially open the festival.
Breton fisheries consultant Yann Giron will kick off proceedings on Bank Holiday Monday.
Mr Giron is well known in the fish trade and Mr Ryman also noted the importance to nurture ties with Brittany, which has a great deal in common with Cornwall.
Laurence Hartwell, who acts as an advisor to organisers, is looking forward to the day and also said the desire to promote Newlyn - and the wider trade - appears to be stronger than ever.
“There is a big focus on fish this year,” he said. “It’s going to be a much fishier festival.
“I think the links are going to grow and grow. It’s a great celebration.”
Visitors have a host of offerings to enjoy on Monday, including celebrity chef appearances, including Nathan Outlaw and Paul Ainsworth, displays, stalls, music, games and demonstrations.
For more information about what’s in store, visit the Newlyn Fish Festival website: http://www.newlynfishfestival.org.uk/festival-programme
Admission is £5.00