Welsh fishing boom
I read Dale Sullivan’s answer to Ewan Broom’s question in the Q& A section of WDYTYA? Magazine’s August issue with great interest. The story of Ewan’s family moving from Devon to South Wales was reminiscent of my Mum’s family.
My Hoopers moved from Plymouth in Devon to Tenby in Pembrokeshire. I have included a postcard of Tenby fishermen, with George Hooper, in 1908 (shown above right). As Dale mentioned, they did not go for the mining industry but rather for fishing. I wonder what might have taken them from Plymouth to Tenby in search of the same trade they left behind? I can only assume Dale’s view of the boom in South Wales and the need for other trades to support, and feed, the miners led to their migration. Robert Koya-Rawlinson, Bristol Editor replies: Have other readers found Devon fishermen who have ended up in South Wales?