Clovelly remembers successful herring trade

A Devon village which was once a major centre for herring fishing is staging a festival dedicated to the fish.

At the height of the herring trade in the 18th and 19th centuries, there were 100 boats based at Clovelly in north Devon.

Now there are just two herring fishermen left, among them harbour master Stephen Perham.

The Clovelly Herring Festival will features stalls serving a variety of herring specialities.

In one year, 1814, more than 3.6m herring were landed at Clovelly but with so many men out at sea in small boats tragedies were frequent.

In 1821, a huge storm took the lives of 31 fishermen and in 1838, another 21 men died.

Mr Perham said: "My ancestors came to Clovelly in the 1830s, and they were all fishermen or master mariners.

"In the 1830s and '40s, the harbour would have been very busy. There would have been about 200 men from Clovelly working on the boats and many would have been herring fishermen."

There will also be a photography exhibition depicting the history of herring fishing in the village.

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Media captionA north Devon village recalls its historic tradition and current business of fishing for herring.

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