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Fish fayre cash will go to mission

PUBLISHED: 20:34 30 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:32 05 July 2010

LOWESTOFT'S popular fish fayre at the harbour side returns next month.

The event is on Saturday, June 21 and will have a substantial area for fish displays and stalls.

LOWESTOFT'S popular fish fayre at the harbour side returns next month.

The event is on Saturday, June 21 and will have a substantial area for fish displays and stalls.

Organiser Martyn Spore said he was delighted the event was being held as it means so much to the people of Lowestoft as well as providing a vital source of income for the Royal National Mission for Deep Sea Fishermen.

The fish fayre in its present

form was started more than 30 years ago.

Previous to that Christine Vince, a local caterer, had run events at both the Hotel Victoria and Pontin's Holiday Camp in conjunction with local fish merchants, in particular Michael and Don Cole of J T Cole. Proceeds went to the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen.

The local trawler owners at that time used to put a trawler on view to the public in the school summer holidays, again with proceeds from a collection going to the mission.

Safety reasons and the need for ongoing maintenance of the vessels forced the ending of this practice.

To compensate, the trawler owners arranged a fish week where a large marquee was put up at the west end of the trawl dock and ships' electronic companies, net makers, engine makers, navigation aid providers and any associated companies ran displays.

Mrs Vince did a cookery demonstration at these events.

The docks manager at that time was Rob Gravestock who was persuaded that a far larger event would be beneficial to the mission and the town.

He allowed the new event to use the Waveney Fish Dock on a Saturday.

Since then the event has gone from strength to strength.

The event has also attracted regular support with Navy and support vessels, including the lifeboats, patrol and safety vessels and inshore fishing vessels, taking part, many of which can be

visited.

The fish fayre has proved a great way of bringing the town together to remember when there were 150 vessels over 90ft in length with crews of up to 10 men using the port.

In the last seven years the proceeds of the fish fayre have exceeded £80,000, all of which has been given to the local mission.

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