The Whelkman of Whitstable Harbour

Derrick West has the sea running through his veins; at 84 he is Britain’s oldest working fisherman.

“I have no plans for retirement. I’m not interested in sitting around watching TV; that’s when you start to go downhill.”

A third generation whelkman, Derrick has fished oysters, cockles and whelks along the Kentish coast for over 67 years. Today his family business, West Whelks, is on the quayside of Whitstable Harbour.

Take 3 minutes out to enjoy this loively film by Vern Cummins

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One Response to The Whelkman of Whitstable Harbour

  1. Stephen*z February 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    Robin,What a delightful man. Living a simple life ..and enjoying it. Isn’t that what it is all about?Being from the US, I had to watch it twice to be able to understand the accent…but it was worth it!Steve