The organisers of Falmouth's International Sea Shanty Festival say they are "reviewing" their next steps after one of the main sponsors went into administration.

Skinner's Brewery had been one of the main sponsors of the annual event in Falmouth since it started in 2004.

The Truro based Cornish brewery issued a shock statement last Friday evening (September 30) to say it was about to enter administration.

Falmouth's Town centre manager Richard Gates, one of the organisers of the festvival it was very sad news and the festival will now be considering its options

“With the very recent sad announcement of Skinners Brewery going into administration the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival will be reviewing what are the next steps," he said.

"With the news being so recent it is too early to confirm at this stage but we will of course be looking at potential sponsors linking with the event.

"On behalf of the festival committee I would thank to thank Steve and the team at Skinners Brewery for the continued support over the years since the very start back in 2004.”

Falmouth Packet: Brewery owner Steve Skinner last year. Picture: Cameron SmithBrewery owner Steve Skinner last year. Picture: Cameron Smith (Image: Picture: Cameron Smith)

Yesterday Steve Skinner issued a statement thanking people for their support and saying the decision had left him broken hearted.

"To our dear friends, On behalf of Lainey and myself I would like to thank everyone for the amazingly kind and sincere messages we have received from you all - we are both broken hearted that we couldn’t save our beloved brewery after many sleepless nights and heartache.

"Skinner’s and our incredibly loyal staff are so close to both our hearts and we have battled tirelessly over the last three years, since the pandemic, to try and save it. We’d also like to send our love to our amazing children: Emma, Louise, Ben, Sophie, Harvey, Bonnie and Monty, and for continually over many years moving the bottles around on Supermarket shelves to make us look like the best seller! Love and great memories to you all, Steve and Lainey Skinner xx"


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Skinner’s Brewery has produced ales beloved by beer drinks across the country, including the popular Porthleven, Lushingtons and of course Betty Stogs, which has taken on a life of its own with Betty becoming a real-life mascot.

The company suffered during the coronavirus pandemic, with pubs forced to close for so long and it also having to close its popular brewery tours.