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Pinnacle Island Picnics

The Farne Islands were and are famous for their seal and seabird colonies. The pinnacle rocks off Staple Island were covered in guillemots and shags. Dauntless locals gathered their feathers and eggs, bridging the rocks with precariously narrow boards.

Here, however, it's the visitors who take centre–stage. Following what must have been an adventurous trip to the islands in a small boat, the gentry risk their fair skin and fine clothes in a picnic – a form of culinary torture not generally inflicted on families until the Victorian age.

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