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Thread #137101   Message #3462777
Posted By: Ross Campbell
07-Jan-13 - 03:23 PM
Thread Name: Fleetwood & Fishing: Songs of the Trawling Trade
Subject: RE: Fleetwood & Fishing: Songs of the Trawling Trade
In the days when the Knott End Ferry was actually part of the local transport infrastructure rather than an added-on extra mainly to encourage tourism, it would have been common for workers to travel from the Knott-End side to work in the dockside businesses. Alas this regular service disappeared many years ago, and for some of that time the journey between the two involved a lengthy bus journey, or queuing to pay the toll at Shard Bridge, the lowest road crossing of the River Wyre. The bridge is now toll-free, but the bus-trip remains an hour long as against the five-minute trip on the ferry.

I am never surprised to hear that some people just don't know what's going on around their community. Fylde Folk Festival has been taking place in Fleetwood for forty years, for longer than that Fleetwood Folk Club has had an on-going weekly presence in various pubs around the town. Despite their well-publicised activities and links with charitable activities such as the local RNLI and the Heritage Trawler "Jacinta" and many other local events, there will still be many people in the town completely unaware of any of these events, still less of the traditional and locally-written material I have recorded in this thread.

Our show "It All Comes Out of the Cod End" would have been in performance around the time of your Knott End visit, Musket (2000?) and a CD-R of the songs is still available - some overlap with the Final Trawl show, but a few excellent additions from shows that we did in the intervening years. Must be time I got back to continuing this thread!

Musket, I don't suppose you can remember the name of the "local singer" you met in the Bourne Arms?
Psst! Wanna buy a pub?