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Candy Whittome – The Last Hunters

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Sunday 23 June 2019
09:15 – 10:00

Interstellar Ideas on the Green

“Long Days, rough seas, terrible accidents, glorious homecomings with a full catch” what does it mean to be a fisherman in East Anglia today?

As an island nation, the sea is in our blood – or so we like to think. But fishing, and the daily struggles of fishermen and their families rarely hit the headlines.

When author Candy Whittome bought an old fishing cottage in Cromer, not far up the coast from Lowestoft, she was intrigued by what she saw on her daily dog walk –  fishermen dragging their boats, laden with crab pots, back onto the beach with rusty old tractors. Weathered and taciturn men, standing in little groups gazing out to sea when the weather was bad.  Over many weekends, pots of tea, pints in the pub, blustery walks and talks, she gained the trust of the fishermen and their families ‘The Last Hunters’ was the result – and Candy is here today, along with one of the Lowestoft fishermen, to reflect on the life of a fisherman in the 21st century, and consider what the future might look like.

 

Photo by David Morris