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Book Launch ‘A Lympstone Lad’

A BOOK LAUNCH on the SLIPWAY: A LYMPSTONE LAD, The life and times of Jim Squire.

Queue for your copy from 3pm on Saturday, 19th September

Jim started to write his own account of growing up and fishing in Lympstone, but fell ill before he got very far.  Tony Day has finished the story for him, and the History Society have published it as a 92 page book with 43 photographs. It tells the tale of our estuary village in the second half of the 20th century, and one of its great characters.

Here is the village school with its old-fashioned discipline, home life in the Buildings, erected for ‘toilers of the deep’, and here are the village lads at play – the darts and the dances, the Skiffle Group and the Tug of War, the boats and the cockling, the night life and the sing-songs.

And here, of course, are the fish: the herrings and the salmon, the cockles and the winkles, the mackerel and the flounder… They come and they go, and the fishermen follow them, coping with the seasons, the tides, the water bailiff, increasing regulations and decreasing numbers of fish.

Told with humour and affection, this is a tale of a way of life that has now almost vanished

The book will be launched on the slipway, on the afternoon of Saturday, 19th September. It will be on sale from 3pm, at a village discount price of only £5. You are invited to queue, at Covid-safe distance, and make sure of your copy. Tony will be there to sign it.

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