RENOWNED Cornish shanty singers Fisherman’s Friends, who inspired this year’s hit feel-good film, have hooked up for a new tour which includes a date in Bournemouth.

The original ‘buoy band’, bound together by lifelong friendship, have met on the Platt on the harbour in their native Port Isaac to sing the songs of the sea.

A decade ago they were persuaded to sign the record deal that saw their album Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends go Gold as they became the first ever traditional folk act to land a UK top ten album.

The true story of how it happened is told in the film Fisherman’s Friends, starring Daniel Mays, James Purefoy, Tuppence Middleton and Noel Clarke with cameo appearances from the group whose voices also appear on the soundtrack.

Pete Hicks who appears in the on-screen Fisherman’s Friends has now joined the actual line up and will be out on tour with the boys this autumn. The new film currently on show in cinemas across the UK..

“Singing live is what we’re all about, it’s why we started the group in the first place,” says MC and bass man Jon Cleave (the one with extravagant moustaches).

“The film has been a wonderful experience and is something we can all be very proud of, but we’re itching to get back on the road, renew some old friendships and make lots of new ones as well.”

Released alongside the Fisherman’s Friends film, the group’s latest album Keep Hauling album features 17 sea shanties, “some old, some new and some slightly blue”.

n Tickets for the Bournemouth Pavilion gig on October 8 are on sale now.