All aboard for the Minehead Harbour Festival

All aboard for the Minehead Harbour Festival

Conran Lobb, of the Cornish Pirates of St Piran, looking for treasure. PHOTO: Ian Sumner.

THE Pirates of St Piran musical band led the day with their singing and tales. PHOTO: Ian Sumner.

THE Tall Ship Irene of Bridgwater. PHOTO: Ian Sumner.

A NOISY swivel canon is demonstrated to the crowd. PHOTO: Ian Sumner.

ROGER Andrews, David Paveling, Richard Williams, Joe Roake and David Yates from the Minehead and Quantocks Rotary Club with young visitors Katerina and Xavier Toth. PHOTO: Ian Sumner.

BRIDGWATER artist Sue Webber with Cllr Justine Baker and the maritime plaques at Minehead Harbour.

First published in News

SEA Shanties, pirates and plaques were all part of the celebrations at Minehead’s Harbour Festival last week.

The festivities began on Friday (July 11), when plaques commemorating the town’s rich maritime history were unveiled.

Bridgwater artist Sue Webber was commissioned to design and sculpt the seven clay plaques for the Harbour Wall. Each one depicts a period in the town’s history.

Sue said: “This has been a great project to work on and it was great to collaborate with Storywell, Umber Music who generated the stories and songs, and work with maritime historian John Gilman.

“It has been a delight to be part of this public art commission.”

Cllr Justine Baker, prospective parliamentary candidate for West Somerset added: “The effort that has gone into these plaques is amazing, it not only celebrates the long maritime history of Minehead Harbour but also reflects on Minehead as a town.”

 The celebrations continued on Saturday (July 12) when the Pirates of Piran entertained visitors with a pirate band, workshops and tales of the town’s history.

The tall ship Irene of Bridgwater made a return to the second Harbour Festival with sailing trips around the coast.

Fun carried on late into the evening as the RNLI held an open day alongside the festival.

Spectators were treated to a lifeboat launch and then a barbecue and performance from the Darktown Strutters.

The Heritage Plaques project is part of the Minehead Vision Plan.

You can see Sue’s journey of the plaques at

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