Newlyn prepares to celebrate its fishing heritage –

Newlyn prepares to celebrate its fishing heritage Published:  27 August, 2010

THE Cornish port of Newlyn may have tuned its back on a new fish market recently, but this weekend it will be celebrating its fishing heritage in style.

The 2010 Newlyn Fish Festival gets underway on August Bank Holiday Monday with one of the biggest displays of all that is best in seafood in the country. It also marks the festival’s 20th anniversary. All the proceeds from the event – one of the largest of its kind in the country – will go to the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.

Celebrity TV seafood chef Rick Stein, who has a number of top fish restaurants in the county, will open the festival and will no doubt extol the virtues of fish.

The festival offers an abundance of fresh seafood, cooking demonstrations, children’s workshops, fish auctions, open vessels, craft, art and trade stalls together with a full programme of music and harbour entertainment including gig racing, helicopter displays and the Penlee Lifeboat.

Another attraction will be three top local chefs Kier Meikle from the Navy Inn, Sanjay from the Greenbank Hotel and Andy Appleton from the Jamie Oliver-inspired restaurant Fifteen Cornwall, cooking fish in Newlyn’s seafood hall.Pete Goss with his lugger “Spirit of Mystery” returns to Newlyn after his epic journey to Australia last year. There will also be live music from local choirs and bands along with a host of historical and fishing displays as well as a number of community arts and crafts activities.

Last month Newlyn shelved a £5 million plan to build a new fish market after the local industry said it might be taking on more than it can afford. This was in spite of being assured of a £3.2 million grant from the European Fisheries Fund. But the local industry would still have to have found  a further £2 million and it was felt that was too big a burden to carry in the current economic climate.