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Memorial event in aid of Brixham's Shoalstone pool

By Herald Express  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

  • BARBECUE: Julie Cole at the event held in memory of her late husband Pete

  • GUEST: Alistair Vian, partner of Rachael Cole, with Monty Halls

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AN ANNUAL fundraiser held in memory of a Brixham trawlerman has helped raise cash for Shoalstone Pool.

Pete Cole died in a tragic accident 10 years ago. Each year his widow Julie and daughter Rachel have held a memorial event to raise funds for a local charity.

This year, they chose Shoalstone Pool which was one of Pete's favourite places and where Rachel learned to swim.

This year's event, which was attended by about 100 people, helped raise £600 for the pool.

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Pete was a keen angler and a member of the Brixham Sea Anglers' Club, so the event included fishing off the breakwater.

Rachel is now working with Monty Halls, of BBC's Fisherman's Apprentice, at Dartmouth leading his Great Escapes project which includes wildlife boat trips, shore walks, diving and photography, and underwater foraging.

Her partner Ali Vian is involved demonstrating fish filleting using the catch.

Monty was the star of the fundraising evening, giving a talk on the making of his TV series at Cadgwith in Cornwall.

He told the crowd that this was the most difficult thing he had ever done and how much respect he had for those that risk their lives by making a living at sea.

Monty said people in Dartmouth keep shouting to him when he is on the water in his canoe: "Are you sure you are going to be OK and not throw up?" in reference to his being seasick during the filming of the BBC programme.

About 100 people attended the fundraising evening at the Breakwater Bistro in Brixham and enjoyed a barbecue, music and a raffle.

Mark Portwood, chairman of the Friends of Shoalstone Pool, said: "Julie and Rachel have done us proud. It was a great evening and we are indebted to Monty Halls who gave his time to speak, helping us raise another substantial sum for the pool.

"We are now on target to raise the £5,000 needed to apply for charity status."

Anyone who wants to donate to help save Shoalstone Pool, can call Mr Portwood on 07585118335 or email him on markportwood@rocketmail.com.

A coffee morning and quiz night organised by the Brixham Yacht Club are among the fundraising events being organised in aid of the pool.

The quiz night will be on Wednesday, November 21.

Jenny Harriman, vice chairman of the Friends group, will also be organising a stall at the town Christmas Fair on November 24 and 25 and needs donations of crafts, preserves and information about the history of Shoalstone, which she is going to put into a book to sell.

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