CARMARTHEN CORACLE & Netsmen’s Association has asked for anyone associated with the historic industry to send their photos and stories to them, to be used as part of a week-long celebration.
The Association will be proudly supporting Carmarthen’s Welsh Week, which begins on February 24 and finishes with a town parade on March 3.
Throughout the week, coracles will be proudly displayed at various locations around the town. Each coracle will symbolise Carmarthen’s oldest fishing tradition, which also represents the 2018 Wales tourism theme of ‘Year of the Sea’.
“During the 18th and 19th century, Carmarthen’s port was thriving, with huge cargo ships regularly visiting, its quayside bustling with traders and numerous warehouses. Too poor to live within the town’s boundary wall, the large coracle fishing families lived in tiny, damp cottages along the river bank,” a spokesperson for CC&NA said.
“Strangely enough, through time, it is only the coracle which has survived the major changes to Carmarthen’s quayside.”
To celebrate the unique heritage of Carmarthen’s coracle, the Association would like to honour the fishing families of bygone years by displaying a small selection of photos at each coracle located around Carmarthen town.
They are appealing to anyone who may have belonged to a coracle family to send a copy of your photo and any stories or memories they may have. The photos will then be proudly displayed inside each coracle for visitors to follow a ‘Coracle Trail’ around the town.
Any photos can be emailed [email protected] or sent via Facebook to ‘Carmarthen Coracle and Netsmen’s Association’.