Something fishy is happening at the St Ives September Festival with walks, a talk, demonstrations of traditional methods and a film on the menu.

Although the heyday of fishing in St Ives has been consigned to history, small boats still regularly land their catches at the harbour. and the industry both past and present will be explored by John McWilliams.

John, an expert on Cornwall's maritime history, will lead tours of some of the sites associated with the vanishing fishing industry on Monday, September 11, and Monday, September 18.

Chris Care, former seaman, miner and fisherman, will demonstrate net setting in his historic loft at Porthmeor on Tuesday, September 12, with proceeds going to the Poppy Appeal and the Salvation Army.

Lobster Pots and Knots, a free event in Cellar 4 at Porthmeor Studios on Wednesday, September 13, and Wednesday, September 20, will see David Harrison demonstrate the traditional art of making willow lobster pots with ex-Trinity House coxswain Rob McLeod showing his collection of seaman's tools and knots.

Award-winning film Pilchards: A Brief History of the Cornish Sardine, in which British director Ray Bird charts the glory days and subsequent decline of Cornwall's pilchard fishing industry, will be screened at the Borlase Smart Room at Porthmeor Studios on Monday, September 18.

Finally, Julian Waring, fundraising manager for the Fishermen's Mission, Cornwall, will give an illustrated talk on the work of the charity which provides a lifeline of welfare and emergency support to both retired and active fishermen, at Porthmeor Studios on Friday, September 22.

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