AHEAD of a film due to be released in March telling the uplifting true story of this part-time Cornish sea shanty group that hit the big time, Fisherman’s Friends will be coming to King’s Hall in Ilkley on Saturday, February 16.

The band of fishermen, shopkeepers, potters and builders got together 30 years ago to raise money for local charities by performing sea shanties on the beach in Port Isaac. In 2010 they managed to conquer the top 10 and have since performed on Glastonbury’s legendary Pyramid Stage, the prestigious Royal Albert Hall and subsequently toured all over the UK.

In a show guaranteed to warm the cockles, the group’s eight good men brew up a heady mix of hearty song, salty banter and tall tales from the high seas.

The Fisherman’s Friends are: fisher brothers John and Jeremy Brown; writer/shopkeeper Jon Cleave; potter Billy Hawkins; smallholder and engineer John ‘Lefty’ Lethbridge; builder John McDonnell (a Yorkshireman who visited Port Isaac more than 30 years ago and never left); Padstow fisherman Jason Nicholas and film maker Toby Lobb.

Tickets are selling fast, with only a limited number of boxes available. Call Bradford Theatres Box Office on 01274 432000 or visit bradford-theatres.co.uk.