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Oysters were once part of the staple diet of the working man but they're now considered a bit of a luxury. That's not such bad news if you're one of those who make a living from them.
Falmouth claims to have some of the finest on offer, and today saw the start of its annual Oyster Festival.
John Andrews went to join in the celebrations.
The Falmouth Oyster Festival begins today, marking the start of the oyster dredging season.
The annual festival is now in its seventeenth year, and will be showcasing local food and produce.
It's expected to attract around 40,000 visitors to the town.
The celebration runs until Sunday.
Falmouth's annual Oyster Festival gets underway later today. The event celebrates the start of the traditional oyster dredging season in the Carrick Roads. It's the only fishery in Europe where the oystermen still have to fish by hand and sail. Ancient laws prevent the use of engines.
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Falmouth Oyster Festival opens today, featuring cookery demonstrations by leading chefs.