A behind-the-scenes tour offering a ‘fascinating insight’ into England’s largest fishmarket has returned for its 11th year, reports Paul Scott.
The Brixham Fish Market Tour, which helps to raise funds for the Fishermen’s Mission, allows people to witness the operational side of the daily fish auction process.
Rockfish, which has taken over the running of the fishmarket tours, says that the experience offers the chance to ‘gain an understanding of what’s involved in getting the fish from sea to plate’.
The guided tours include an introduction to market operator Brixham Trawler Agents, and visits to the day-boat and main fishmarkets. The morning ends with breakfast at Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish restaurant.
All profits from the tours go to the Mission. Previous tour operators David and Christine Hodgetts from Brixham Tourism Partnership raised £10,000 for the organisation.
Local area officer for the Mission Helen Lovell said: “We are delighted that the team from Rockfish is able to offer the tours and the breakfast again.
“I must thank David and Christine Hodgetts who ran the tours for so many years and made them such a success, raising thousands for us. It was always a highlight in the diary to come down and speak with those who took part.
“It’s generous of the Rockfish team to put these on again and volunteer to get up especially early and donate the proceeds to the work of the Mission. Of every £1 generated, 88p will be spent on providing services for the local fishing community.”
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