Looe, Cornwall, UK - fishing harbour, seaside town & magic place - come and enjoy!
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Dynnerghewgh dhe Logh!  Welcome to Looe! Looe is the principal seaside town of south-east Cornwall   Looe harbour is the base for an important fishing fleet and the town is also the headquarters of British shark-fishing.
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Most recent development -
9 September 2018
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Looe pitches in and saves its Music Festival
The charitable body which organises and runs the popular Looe Music Festival each year has gone into administration and earlier this week it was not clear whether this year's festival scheduled to take place later this month (between 21 to 23 September) would happen.
£30,000 was needed to save the festival and after a busy few days of public meetings and fund-raising, that sum seems to have been raised. Efforts are now being made to raise another £10,000 to ensure all the safety requirements are complied with.
The Music Festival has become a major event in Looe's late summer and many people have booked accommodation in and around the town and pubs, restaurants and shops would take a big hit if the event could not be rescued.
It seems that solid information is in short supply as yet and as we understand it the official festival body has not been willing to make a statement or talk to the media about the situation.
The good news is the Festival looks to be going ahead. It is not yet clear whether the programme will be exactly as originally planned
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In medieval times there were two towns on opposite banks of the River Looe. East Looe includes the fishing harbour, the main shopping centre and the sandiest beach. West Looe is quieter, but also has shops, restaurants and hotels and leads to Hannafore with its fine views of Looe Island. The two towns are now one, joined by a bridge across the Looe river.
 
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A fresh view of Looe
Like many a visitor, photographer Simon Lawrence discovered Looe and its potential for a memorable photo. He has a fresh view and an exceptional eye for both the wide views and the close-up details that we often overlook. Simon has produced a stimulating portfolio of Looe full of striking colours and intriguing shapes. Here (left) are just 4 of his photos - click on them to get larger versions. You can see lots more of Simon's photos on his website - click here - if you like them you can buy high quality prints which will look really good on your wall
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LIFE ABOARD A CORNISH FISHING LUGGER
The last days of working fishing luggers in Cornwall are vividly captured in a book by former Looe fisherman Paul Greenwood. His frank account of the hardships he encountered at sea as a young crewman aboard the lugger Iris in the 1960s is a brilliant evocation of a bygone age that contrasts with modern conditions in the fishing industry today.
   In Once Aboard A Cornish Lugger, the author describes how he overcame sea-sickness and learned his job on deck working the nets and lines alongside four other crewmen aboard the Iris, skippered by Frank ‘Moogie’ Pengelly, the last lugger skipper left in the port of Looe. In the four and a half years he spent aboard the Iris, Paul Greenwood endured fatigue, cold and wet, often in rough weather while working night and day hauling nets and lines. “Those four years that I worked with ‘Moogie’ set me up well for the rest of my sea-going career,” he says, “because nothing subsequently ever seemed as hard or as physically demanding as the time I spent working on the deck of the Iris.”
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Nelson remembered
Statue of Nelson the seal at Looe, Cornwall - photo copyright www.looe.org 2008 For many years Looe had a popular & much-loved regular visitor to its harbour - a seal called Nelson (because he had lost one eye in an injury or accident). Sadly Nelson has gone to the great ocean in the sky but now he is fittingly commemorated by a handsome life-size statue in the harbour which was formally unveiled in 2008 by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the famous sailor. Local sculptor Suzie Marsh gave her services in making the sculpture free of charge and the costs of casting and siting the bronze statue were met by grants and donations from many charitable and other bodies and by individuals.
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East Looe Quay - May 2008 - photo copyright  www.looe.org - all rights reserved
East Looe beach - photo copyright Tim Johnson and www.looe.org 2003
Looe river and bridge July 2003 - photo copyright RJT
West Looe quayside - photo RJT Aug 2003, copyright
View across Looe river to Millpool and East Looe river - May 2008 - photo copyright www.looe.org - all rights reserved
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