Love & Loss

This story of one close knit, inspirational family is both intimate and universal. Stan and Mary meet on the beach in Sidmouth in the 1950s. Stan’s father was a fisherman too poor to buy his own boat and although at 16, Stan dreamed of going to Brixham to work on the trawlers, his Mum told him to work as a builder. Stan is determined to go to sea and together (with a young family) he and Mary build a thriving fishing business, through sheer graft. Aged 16, their son, Ian, heads to Brixham to learn to be a trawlerman.. For more on this story and Sidmouth fishing & coastal heritage watch our longer documentary Working the Sea.

Client: BBC Inside Out

Producer: Jo Stewart-Smith

Director of Photography: Simon Vacher