Welsh fish­ing boom

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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?

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