What a glorious day to be beside the seaside! Whitstable is an established fishing port on the south east coast of England. It has been associated with oysters for hundreds of years. The town holds an annual oyster festival in July. However, there is an old saying you should 'only eat oysters if there is an R in the month'! The reason for the festival in July, is that in Norman times there was a annual customary thanksgiving for fishers are dredgers for their survival and harvest. This would be held out of the oyster season. As St James's Day (the patron saint of oysters) fell on the 25th July this then became the accepted month for todays festivals.