everybody has a story to tell about their life

Breton Fishermen here in wartime

Ian and Noreen Honey, 2013

Noreen Honey: Are you going to tell the story about your mother in the village when a boat came in?

Ian Honey: During the war a boat came in the harbour, a rowing lifeboat. It came in the harbour with about six French fishermen in it, their boat believed to have sunk just off Port Isaac. They come in the harbour and Mrs Sherrat looked after them and they sent for mother to speak to the Frenchmen. But they weren’t Frenchmen, they were Bretons and she was able to converse in the Breton language which was similar to Scottish Gaelic. I remember that occasion quite well.


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