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THE HERALD FRIDAY AUGUST 19 2016


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top UK Carp Anglers, Nathan Perkins and Andrew Roberts, also joined in with the day’s events. At 1pm on the beach, Welsh


International Pamela Worrall held her ‘Sea Fishing’ demonstration which was sponsored by the Angling Bait Company. This was then followed by the Aberystwyth Surf Lifesavers’ demonstration at 1.30pm. On the jetty from 10am until


1pm, the crowd were entertained by the Aberystwyth World Crab Fishing Competition and children’s activities such as the All day Go Kart Party. From 2pm until 4pm, children and families gathered around for afternoon antics from Punch and Judy, and enjoyed other activities such as face painting by Body Canvas. By the Bandstand, people were


greeted by the presence of a number of stalls such as St John’s Ambulance, RNLI and Lifeboat Police, Aberystwyth Beach Buddies and Marine Conservation Society, Penparcau Forum, Aberystwyth University Lifelong Learning, Cardigan Bay


Marine Wildlife Centre/Wildlife Trust South and West Wales, Ceredigion County Council Waste and Recycling Team, RSPB and the Rotary Club. In a statement, Ceredigion County


Council told The Herald: “From small beginnings in 2011, drawing 1,500 visitors to Aberystwyth’s promenade, the festival has grown into a major food event with an extensive offer of local food, exhibitions and displays, and family activities – there’s plenty to see and do. “This year, Charlie Thompson,


Head Chef from the Belle Vue Royal Hotel, will cook some of their famous SY23 dishes using the best of the world class produce produced and grown on the doorstep and fished from the bay. “The Ceredigion coast has golden


sands, award winning beaches, cliffs, coves and caves, tiny ports and harbours and a rollicking seafaring history. Cardigan Bay boasts two Special Areas of Conservation and work goes on to protect important marine species and habitats. These havens for wildlife can be enjoyed with a wildlife spotting boat


trip. “Small towns and ports in


Ceredigion such as Cardigan, New Quay and Aberaeron are rich with maritime histories and today the harbours feature mainly fishing or leisure boats, but in earlier centuries these were key to the local economy. In 1900, there were still 213 ships registered in Aberystwyth harbour employing some 900 seamen and boys. “Ships from Aberystwyth regularly


travelled the high seas across the globe, or plied their trades along the Welsh coast and Cornwall where they traded slate for tin and lime. Today, Aberystwyth is host to many events but none more fitting than the annual Sea2Shore Food Festival, which celebrates local seafood, produce and the local fishing industry. “The idea to hold the first Sea2Shore


festival came about following a need to raise awareness of the fishing industry in Cardigan Bay, where there is an abundance of sustainable fish and shellfish available. Four organisations, namely Aberystwyth Sea Anglers, Cardigan Bay Fisherman’s Association, Communities First and Food Centre Wales initiated and shaped what is now a very successful and popular annual event. “This year, the Cardigan Bay


Fisherman’s Association will be on hand to enlighten the public about sustainable fishing in West Wales


and the need to protect the future of a healthy fishery.” Bryn Jones, Co-ordinator for


Penparcau Community Forum, spoke to The Herald about their presence at the event: “We set up a stall for Julie, our Volunteer and Events Coordinator, just to have a presence at the Sea2Shore event. George Barrett, one of the Directors/Trustees of the Forum, and Carl Worral of Penparcau approached me about the need for some kind of fishing festival on the Prom. “We sort of started it, with the help


of others. It’s about the fourth festival and we’re still involved in running it. It isn’t a Forum event; however, we took


the opportunity to promote Penparcau Community Forum on the day and we put a stall down there. “We had a number of people at the


event interested in volunteering with us so by having a presence, there was an opportunity for us to try and capture people who live or work in Penparcau. A lot of parents also came along to ask about the Forum, so it was very successful from our point of view. “From the Sea2Shore point of


view, it was an absolutely tremendous occasion, one of the best we have ever had. The weather was fantastic and both the Belle Vue Royal Hotel and the Coleg Ceredigion chefs cooked up


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