Cornwall Heritage Trust was pleased to sponsor the first Cornish Story Cafe in Looe.  Locals and visitors alike were treated to a story about a Cornish fisherman from Newlyn and his adventures through Canada and USA in 1911.  The venue overlooked the harbour at the newly refurbished Portbyhan Hotel and this was a chance for people with an interest in local history to come together in an informal and friendly atmosphere. The situation of the café couldn’t have been better with fabulous views of the beautiful old luggers that had just arrived for this years regatta.

The event was organized by Cornwall Heritage Trust in conjunction with Cornish Memory and Looe Old Cornwall Society. People were able to relax with food and a glass of wine to hear a story about the Newlyn fishing riots of 1896 and Cornishman William Guy’s adventures across Canada and USA to the Californian gold mines in 1911. Lamorna Spry told the story which was based on extracts from William’s diary.  Artefacts from his journey included a leather money belt which showed just how thin he was!

People were also able to browse through old photographs of Looe provided by Azook’s Cornish Memory project.

Miner Quay, the Looe shanty group, finished off by entertaining everyone with music that traced William’s journey from the ‘Leaving of Liverpool’ to ‘Far from Home’.

Everyone was keen to have another repeat event and Cornwall Heritage Trust is now planning a series of Story Cafes around Cornwall as it certainly seems to be a popular format.

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