Listening Project

Conversation between friends, John and Jimmy, about their jobs as a fishmonger and a fisherman.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    University of Brighton, Hastings

  • Interviewees

    Adams, James, 1931- (male, Fisherman, retired), Hamilton, John, 1942- (male, Fishmonger)

  • Producers

    BBC Sussex

  • Recordist

    Furber, Simon

  • Abstract

    John “Tush” Hamilton has known Jimmy “Toller” Adams all his life. Tush is the youngster, he’s only 70 whereas Jimmy is 81 and has been fishing in Hastings for 67 of those years. Born in Crown Lane, Jimmy has lived his entire life in the Old Town. He started fishing aged 14 with his dad from his grandfather’s boat, The Boy Bob. He only stopped fishing 10 years ago but has kept up with all the tales and traditions. He’s very well-known and respected by the current fishing fleet. Tush idolised Jimmy when he was young, Jimmy would be the fisherman that would inspire him. Tush lives and breathes Hastings, he loves the sea life. He’s not a fisherman, he’s a “fish hawker” – a man who earns his living from filleting and selling fish. He sold fish to the residents of Hastings from a large fish barrow and still sells fish in Hastings today. He’s renowned for his speedy filleting and famous fish rolls. In fact, Tush came to the studio apologising for smelling of fish, he’d been filleting that morning and came straight from the beach. They talk about the fishing industry, Hastings, fishing superstitions and fishermen’s nicknames.

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    The Listening Project conversations collectively form a picture of our lives and relationships today. Recordings were made by BBC producers of people sharing an intimate conversation, lasting up to an hour and on a topic of the speakers' choice.

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