Snapshots of shrimpers on our lovely bay

Morecambe Bay.
Morecambe Bay.

A photo exhibition including snaps of shrimp fishermen in Morecambe Bay has opened in Cumbria.

The work of photographer Pete Rimmer has been put on show to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Morecambe Bay cockling tragedy.

His display at Florence Mine Arts Centre in Egremont, Cumbria, features images from ‘The Tide’s the Very Devil’, his photo book about bay fishermen.

The title of the exhibition and the book come from the first line of the chorus of ‘On Morecambe Bay’, a folk song written by an old school-friend of Peter’s from Southport.

Kevin Littlewood was inspired to write the lyrics following the tragedy in 2004.

The work is a series of photographs which documents two shrimp fishermen from Flookburgh.

It shows how their work compares today with previous generations.

It includes the preparation for fishing and the catch, the landing, boiling and picking of the shrimps, and the men and women involved.

This is a family business where the traditions remain largely unchanged from one generation to another in a close and strong community.

“I wanted to capture the feeling of isolation of the bay and show the wide open spaces,” said Pete, who is originally from Wigan.

The exhibition opened last week and runs until March 14.