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Netting the Tide

Out in the waves of Morecambe Bay, fishing for shrimp with Tom Smith and Prince.

Documentary 1978 11 mins

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This absorbing documentary film profiles Tom Smith, a Lancashire shrimp fisherman, and probably the last to use a horse and cart in his work. As Smith leads Prince, his horse, out onto the sands of Morecambe Bay, he reflects upon his trade, recognising the limitations of working at the isolated location of Sunderland Point, but also the benefits of having a congenial four-legged partner.

This film was produced by undergraduate film students at Manchester Polytechnic, now Manchester Metropolitan University.