|The south-western end of the promenade in Penzance|
This road will very shortly turn into a gentle straight decline straight down to the traffic lights by the town sign for Newlyn.
|The Newlyn town sign has always had a special significance for me - 57 minutes out from Marazion; 30 minutes away from Mousehole - and that's Newlyn Art Gallery facing the road behind the town sign|
Past the traffic lights, half a minute's running takes me to a complex crossroads with the main road through Newlyn turning to the left. This is generally a time to engage all the senses; the cars can
come from four different directions - and I've got to cross two roads to get to the pavement beside the road that will take me through Newlyn.
Approaching the complex crossroads
Now, I'm threading my way through pedestrians and parked cars on a narrow pavement, sometimes running in the road if it's safer to do so. This photo captures my first sighting of a political message - I did not see any when I was running on Monday but that might have been because I had other preoccupations.
|'Newlyn Fishermen Deserve Better' is the message on the poster fixed to the lamp-post|
Within a hundred yards, I have reached the long stretch of the fisheries building.
|Pretty this stretch of Newlyn is not - but it is resonant with the sights and smells of the fisheries industry|
And now my camera records political graffiti - Newlyn is evidently a port vibrant with the politics of fishing. But what do the messages mean? I am in unknown territory; here, there are people who have concerns that take them out at dead of night to leave their mark on walls - but what are these bread and butter issues?
NHFC - Newlyn Pier and Harbour Commissioners
|# FISHTIEF OUT - Fish Thief Out|
My local paper that was published today - The Cornishman - took me some slight way into understanding but much remains obscure.
Here is what I did learn from today's 'Cornishman'. The headline stretched across the page in bold type: 'New £1.3m fish market defaced in 'mindless act of vandalism'. And underneath two photographs of the graffiti, similar to mine. I learned that the words 'WING OUT' AND 'PARSONS OUT' referred to harbour master Rob Parsons and Newlyn Pier and Harbour Commissioners chair Rob Clifford-Wing - and it was the harbour master's verdict that the graffiti was a 'mindless act of vandalism'. He - Rob Parsons - was 'very disappointed'. 'Our new £1.3 m fish market at Newlyn exists to improve the economic prosperity of local fishermen and their families … just as this facility is nearing completion, someone decides to deface it ….'.
That was it. Where, I asked myself, is the investigative journalism? Is there another side to this story? How mindless is 'mindless'? I shall keep my eyes and ears open for more detail. Do please add your own insights in the comment box, if you know more.
So much for my running journey into Newlyn, seen through the lens of a Nikon 16.0 Megapixels COOLPIX - (highly recommended!) Now, some illustrated etymology to add to the story:
Landing fish at Newlyn - (undated photo) - late-19th century?
'Newlyn' is a corruption of the Cornish 'LULYN', which means "A pool for a multitude of vessels". There has been a deep water pool just outside today's harbour for many centuries - it dates back long before the present harbour was built.
And then some historical context:
More images (grateful acknowledgements to Fishing News):
|Newlyn fishing vessels - contemporary image|
|Newlyn ring-netter - hard times at the moment due to changes in fishing regulations|
And finally an online update, dated July 2018, with grateful acknowledgements to Phil Lockley. Note the Brexit complexities: