Paignton Rotary’s well known Crab Supper was held at the Marldon Village Hall on the 12th May in aid of the Rowcroft Hospice and Rotary Foundation. An excellent evening was had by all, put together with the help of willing volunteers, including of course a superb crab supper, alternatives were available, delicious sweets followed by cheese and biscuits, if you had any room left!
The Marldon Village Choir entertained us with some topical show music and to top it all, Marion Page, our Vice President was presented with the ultimate Rotary award of the Paul Harris medal, it’s the first time she has ever been seen speechless! Well done!
The sum of £1416 was raised, thank you to all those involved including our sponsors, Bookers Cash & Carry, Stockmans Funeral Directors, Nick Meyer, Three Corners Nursing Home and finally C-Quest, Upwey, Dorset. (crab shells).
A few facts
The first crab supper was held in 1983, courtesy of Ken Browse at his crab factory, about 80 people attended, that continued for several years and then, due to health and safety, it was moved to the superb Ballroom at Oldway Mansion where the same format of volunteer members and wives made an incredible contribution to the success of the evening. When Oldway as a venue became difficult the Crab Supper was moved to Lupton House for two years using outside caterers for the main courses, however it then moved to the Spanish Barn at Torre Abbey, very successful, but cold and expensive! Hence Marldon Village Hall.
Did you know a new crab fishing vessel would cost two million pounds, it would lift an average of 14/20 tons of crab per week using a crew of six and a skipper that had spent at least six years to achieve his ticket!