A FARM shop has supported its local fisherman by using its birthday bash to raise funds for him.
Fred Duncannon, who runs Stansted Park Farm Shop in Rowlands Castle, wanted to support Emsworth fisherman Pete Williams.
Severe weather in the past few months meant Mr Williams, 32, could not fish, and lost many of his pots and nets in the storms.
But on Saturday (March 15), the party at the farm shop raised more than £430 for him.
“It was really good of them to do it,” he said.
“We have had a real battering over the winter.
“I managed to get out six times in three months to fish.”
He said many of his pots and nets were destroyed in the storms and two other boats in Emsworth sank over the winter.
“Now we can go back out there, but we haven’t got the gear,” he said.
But the money raised from the farm shop’s party should help Mr Williams get back on his feet.
“We are supporting Pete because we have been buying fish off his boat for nearly two years,” said Mr Duncannon.
“He is the last commercial fisherman left in Emsworth and we need to support our small, local dayboats.”
At Saturday’s party, there was a barbecue sizzling and a pizza oven baking so partygoers could enjoy some tasty treats in the sun.
There were also tasters of some of the local produce sold in the shop, including Sussex and Hampshire cheeses and chutneys.
There was a raffle with several prizes, such as a meal for two at Emsworth restaurant Fat Olive, and a £50 hamper from the farm shop.
Mr Duncannon said around 300 local residents turned up to join the fun.
Fisherman Mr Wiliams said he was grateful for the support from Mr Duncannon and the community.