Friday, 21 June 2013

The Cornish Mining Sundowner

On the penultimate Thursday of every month, any minerals industry person in the vicinity is invited to the Cornish Mining Sundowner, which is held at Falmouth's 17th century pub, the Chain Locker, overlooking the inner harbour.

The inner harbour at Falmouth resonates with history. Since the late 17th Century, jolly boats have brought sea captains ashore here, from the big ships in the outer harbour and Carrick Roads. Here is the harbour master’s office, the Custom House with its “King’s Pipe” to burn contraband tobacco, plus the Quayside Inn and Chain Locker pub.

The Sundowner is an event that I try not to miss, as there are always surprises, with people showing up from far away places for brief visits to Cornwall. Although the weather last night was foul, many of the regulars were there, and I also caught up with one of my past students who I had not seen for 37 years. Last night was also special as the group was joined by around 20 of the delegates from Physical Separation '13 after their very wet walk along the coastal path. A packed pub, but a great atmosphere!

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