Arthur Copping’s amusing second book about his fictionalised adventures sailing and fishing with Leigh fisherman Gotty (in real life a chap called Alfred Boynton) has been reprinted and is available from Howard Turnidge.
I’ve been interested in the life and songs of Winterton fisherman Sam Larner for a great many years, so was very pleased to come across this weblog about old Sam and his community, and which describes so clearly how singing and step dancing were an important and respected aspect of life.
It’s longish (for weblog) but interesting and informative, and strongly recommended if you have any interest in the old times.
There must have been great times in Winterton’s pubs, for almost more than any other activities, singing and dancing together generally strengthen a commonity’s sense of belonging.
It seems clear too that there were quite a few other singers of note in the area, and it is perhaps a shame that recordings of them are not currently available as far as it can tell. Certainly, I have been able to hear them so far.