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Filey museum to take a look back at fishing’s varied history

Old Filey photos, credit 'courtesy of Filey Museum'. 
Fishermen land their catch on Coble Landing, date unknown.

Old Filey photos, credit 'courtesy of Filey Museum'. Fishermen land their catch on Coble Landing, date unknown.

Filey Museum is appealing to people for help in creating a collection of information and items associated with fishing.

Museum representative Michael Fearon said: “Many of your readers will know that the story of fishing from Filey is one which is long, interesting and sometimes dramatic.

“From the ecclesiastical records of Bridlington Priory we know that Filey men were fishing as far north as Whitby and as far south as Grimsby as early as the 12th century and, almost certainly, fishing from Filey has taken place continuously ever since.

“Much, of course, is known of the men, and the women, particularly in recent years, who played an active part as members of the fishing community here which was based in and around Queen Street.

“However, we appreciate that there is much that we shall never know.

“You will, I’m sure, be interested to know that some of those associated with Filey Museum are embarking on a project to gather together as much information as possible about the men and women, the vessels, the methods of fishing and preserving fish associated with this very important and often dangerous traditional way of life.

“Contributions for this project will, of course, be very much welcomed.”

If you would like to get involved, or find out more, please telephone Mr Fearon on (01723) 513640.

The museum opens again for the season on Good Friday.

 

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