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Friday, August 23, 2013
Freshly caught herring will be barbecued on Hemsby beach this weekend as the popular Longshore Herring Festival returns.
The annual fish-lovers affair will take place at the Hemsby lifeboat shed on the seafront from 10am to 4pm this Sunday.
The festival is not only a major fundraiser for the independent lifeboat operated by Hemby Inshore Rescue Service, but a celebration of the Greater Yarmouth area’s important fishing traditions and heritage.
There will be a DJ playing live, a cake stall, bar and barbecued herrings to eat on the beach.
Yarmouth began life as a herring fishing settlement in the 10th Century and was the mainstay of industry for the region when the fish became a favourite food for both rich and poor people. A free herring fair was held every year, attracting merchants from all over Europe.
By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, fish girls from Scotland would descend on the east coast to gut the locally-caught fish.
The industry went into a fast decline in the 1930s, but events such as the Longshore Herring Festival aim to keep the ancient tradition alive.