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The Star of Moville –

Our protagonist sails to Moville in the county of Donegal – almost at the northern tip of Ireland to watch the races. While there he meets Mary, ‘the star of Moville’ and emboldened by whiskey he talks to her and buys her a drink – but then she rejects him and he sails home… The singing of Len Graham is wonderful!

Find out about the song’s origin here.

Now and Then with Shrimp Davies – Cromer, Norfolk in 1978

Fishing and fishermen at Cromer in a TV programme from 1978 – including footage of how they handle their beach boats up there…

My thanks to Katie Howson of the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust for spotting this.

An appeal for recent photos of Spindrift

William Miller has been in touch to ask whether anyone has recent photos of the very striking fishing vessel Spindrift, which his father bought from Lossiemouth in 1947 (it was then name Rose). The splendid photos above are from William’s family collection.

If you have any shots from recent years, please send them to me at gmatkin@gmail.com and I’ll forward them to William.

Spindrift was sold by the Wick-based Miller family in 1975.

See some earlier photos her in these photos from 2009.

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