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Newlyn Fish Market - boats due to land.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Historic #FishyFriday in Newlyn.


Thursday evening and it's another stunning Sennen sunset...


as the lifeboat rests for a few moments at the top of the slipway before heading out for a night time training exercise...


the lifeboat house now lit in anticipation of her return...


a sight enjoyed by those enjoying beach BBQs on this stunning surfers paradise in the far west of Cornwall...


back to reality on #FishyFriday morning and the final fish market for the week is underway with a solid shot of squid in the Imogen III's landing...


along with these little chaps known locally as Zulus...


mackerel, abundant in all the waters around Cornwall at the moment...


not so this gilt nosed bream and his John Dory pal...


to go with the other box of large JDs...


squid and bass seam to go together at this time of year over the rocky grounds...


along with the inshore boats there were plenty of small landings from the beam trawl fleet...


including fish form the AA...


with one lucky enough buyer to snap up these line caught red mullet in pristine condition...


with the weather as it is both sunset and sunrise have been up there with the best of them this week...


looks like there's a few big jobs underway on the Stelissa with much of her gear on the quay


likewise Rowse's latest addition to the fleet has taken on several new strings of pots...


and there are more to follow - when they have been made up


most of the Galilee's new aluminium shelterdeck has been complete, just the wheelhouse to go...


the lugger Ripple sits quietly alongside the Ivan Ellen...


as the auction draws to a close there is a small celebration about to take place...


for a certain Dick James, whose family have been buying fish on the market since 1914...


centre stage in this photo from 1980 and instantly recognisable by his stance and hat is Dick's father Laurry James from whom Dick took over...


wind the clock forward 38 years with Dick about to retire from the family firm...


he is in the process of bidding on the final fish of his career...


every sale being written up in his market book...


the buyers wondering who will get the next lot...


as auctioneer Ryan gets to auction the final fish sale of Dick's career...


down goes the final familiar James fish tally...


duly noted down...


and that's it...


the little black book pocketed for the last time...


and it's on to the celebration as current and old fish buyer friends assemble to acknowledge the passing of an era... 


along with a few bubbles...


ex-fish merchant Robin Turner says a few words...


to a delighted Dick...


enjoying his moment basking in the morning market sun...


all captured on film...


then it's time for the cake to be cut...


the bottles passed round...


the bubbles poured...


and a toast to the man...



all thanks to Godfrey (L) who organised the surprise.