England's Largest Beach Launched Fleet

mikebov

Lancaster, United Kingdom

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Hastings is one of Britain’s oldest fishing ports. Boats have worked from the beach in front of the ancient town for over a thousand years, supplying Hastings with its basic industry and main tourist attraction. The Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society preserves the fishing community’s medieval right to carry on using that beach – known as the Stade – for ever, free of charge. On the Stade there are more than 25 boats, the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Britain. The Society is based in Hastings Fishmarket, which was built in 1993 by a non-profit company created by the Society. In 1986 the Society set up the Fishermen’s Co-op, a retail shop selling all types of fishing gear. The Co-op, also known as the Fishermen’s Shop, has its own website. The Society looks after a charity, the Fisherman’s Institute, which owns a large building in the heart of Hastings Old Town. The Institute was founded in 1882 to help distressed fishermen and their families. With another local charity the Society jointly runs the Fishermen’s Museum, visited by over 140,000 people every year.
(from http://www.hastingsfish.co.uk/)

This photograph taken today 12/12/2011 shortly before severe weather hit the south coast. The forecast is for several days of high winds gusting to 70mph.
Makes you appreciate the hard conditions our local fishermen regularly face.

Hastings
Sussex
England

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3 images stitched using PS Elements

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