Denoon family prawning in St Margaret's Bay, c.1947
From the Gordon Denoon album a series of three photographs showing fishing for prawns on St Margaret’s Bay rocks at low tide with an accompanying comment by Gordon Denoon.
In the latter two photographs the figure in the foreground is Ian, Gordon Denoon’s son, and in the background is a family friend, David Ebbels.
In his book, ‘Saga of St Margaret’s’ Gordon writes further on ‘prawning’ :-
‘At low tide Ian and David Ebbels had prawning expeditions, always a popular pastime among the hundreds of rocky pools; sometimes I joined in the fun with them. There were hardbitten enthusiasts who hired ‘young Jim’s’ rowing boat with all the essential prawning gear- and a few crates of beer- and set off round the point on the Deal side of the Bay. Prawners counted their catches in scores (20s) and anything over twenty score was considered good. Whenever anyone from the hotel had a successful session, prawns would be on the dinner menu that evening. As the receding tide uncovered the shingle beach and exposed a vast area of seaweed-covered rocks one understood why the Bay had long been famous for its prawns and ever since they have been a favourite dish of mine.’
Date of creation1947
PlaceSt Margaret's Bay
LicenseCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC-BY-NC-ND)
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