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Günter Gwenhwyfar's Fishing Rod

Günter Gwenhwyfar's Fishing Rod © Graeme Walker / The Pebble Museum 2019

Germano-Welsh navigator Günter Gwenhwyfar took early retirement at the age of 39 to work on a specialist fishing rod for catching mackerels. 30 years later, the long-delayed and somewhat over-engineered project was finally ready. This photo shows the huge crowds who gathered at the end of Mablethorne pier to see the "first fish". Günter then prepared the fish, lightly fried, with a little ginger and sring onions, on a bed of steaming rice. Having finished, he was met with great applause, declaring his meal to be "delicious".