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Regatta and Carnival Week, Fowey, Cornwall. August 1993

Regatta and Carnival Week, Fowey, Cornwall. August 1993


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Regatta and Carnival Week, Fowey, Cornwall. August 1993

The giant pasty, which is baked in Polruan, ready to be taken by harbour tug across Fowey harbour. Members of the town band escort it, who this year are dressed as Chelsea pensioners. From left to right: Cliff Burnett, Graham A Lee, Gary A Lee and John Barker, together with Steve Hicks of Polruan Bakery. The pasty will be cut up and distributed to all children who turned up for Fowey regatta week. Photographer: Jonathan Barker

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TRURI : 2017.5.481

Media ID 19237892

© RIC, photographer Jonathan Barker

Costume Dress Event Fancy Medals Pasty Oven Stretcher Tricorn Hats


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In this print from August 1993, we are transported to the vibrant Regatta and Carnival Week in Fowey, Cornwall. The focal point of the image is a colossal pasty, freshly baked in Polruan and ready to embark on an exciting journey across Fowey harbour. A charming group of individuals dressed as Chelsea pensioners proudly accompany the giant delicacy, their tricorn hats adorned with medals and feathers adding a touch of regal flair. The men leading this procession are Cliff Burnett, Graham A Lee, Gary A Lee, John Barker, along with Steve Hicks from Polruan Bakery. With great care and enthusiasm, they carry the pasty on a stretcher while being cheered on by spectators lining the harbor's edge. This unique tradition signifies unity within the community as it symbolizes sharing joy and abundance during Fowey regatta week. The event itself is filled with fancy dress costumes that add an element of whimsy to this already festive occasion. Children eagerly await their turn to receive a slice of this monumental treat once it has been ceremoniously cut up and distributed amongst them. Photographer Jonathan Barker captures not only the excitement but also showcases how local traditions bring people together in celebration. This remarkable snapshot serves as a testament to Cornwall's rich cultural heritage and its ability to create unforgettable moments that bridge generations.

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