The Azook CIC team joined forces with Cornwall Heritage Trust for an evening of memories, discussions and a demonstration of cornishmemory.com, Cornwall’s leading destination for exploring historic photos.
The evening, which was generously hosted by C-Bay, West Pentire and funded by Cornwall Heritage Trust, was centred on a talk by Dr Ben Dobson that described the events leading up to and the wreck of the Marchioness of Abercorn in 1847. This was followed by a lively discussion which ranged from: the wreck itself, smuggling on the North Cornish Coast, Jamaica Inn, fishing activities in and around Newquay, families and characters of Crantock, the Gannel and other family links of those in the audience.
Food and wine was provided by the Heritage Trust. The event was introduced by Dr Lamorna Spry, a trustee of CHT. Richard Trant from Azook CIC (also a CHT trustee) provided an introduction to Azook and what the cornishmemory.com website offers. All present were then able to look through the slide show of pictures that had been gathered for the evening which highlighted scenes from Newquay and Crantock; they were also invited to browse the cornishmemory.com website which was available on site.
The evening was tremendously supported by the Newquay Old Cornwall Society and others from the community, who to finish led a round of sea shanties.
Azook CIC and Cornwall Heritage Trust will be repeating this very successful event at a new venue in the New Year.