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Gaul’s bell will ring for lost trawlermen

A special service to honour the Gaul trawlermen who were lost at sea will be today on the banks of the Humber. Organised by STAND (St Andrews Heritage Park Action Group), the service will take place at 12pm at St. Andrews Retail Park near the Sailmakers’ Arms Pub on the River Humber.

This year there will be a one minute silence followed by a ringing of the Gaul Bell by the Sea Cadets.

This year we are remembering the Gaul which was lost 40 years ago. It was the single largest loss of life in the history of the fishing industry, with up to 36 fishermen losing their lives. The ringing of the Gaul bell is extremely significant as it is the only factor that survives from the trawler. It will be emotional and slightly distressing however it is supported by the majority of the Gaul fishermen’s relatives and we feel that it is part of the grieving process.

– Charles Pinder, Chairman of Fishing Heritage Group STAND

After the Service, wreaths will be laid and floral tributes cast into the river, flowers may also be placed on the railings in receptacles.


Fire on board fishing trawler

Fire crews met the trawler as it was brought into the Tyne Credit: Adrian Don, RNLI

A fishing boat with six crew has been escorted to the River Tyne after a fire broke on board. The trawler, Replenish, was fishing for prawns 30 miles off the Northumberland coast.

The fire broke out in the galley of the boat Credit: Adrian Don, RNLI

A lifeboat from Amble went out to Replenish but the crew had managed to put the fire out. She was escorted to North Shields and met by fire crews to make sure the blaze was completely extinguished.

Fire crews vented the boat of smoke using powerful fans Credit: Adrian Don, RNLI

The six fishermen were fed and looked after by the Fisherman’s Mission.

Groom disappointed by wedding venue closure

Andi Brooke had booked The New Exchange Brasserie and Bar in North Shields for his wedding reception in September.

He paid a £200 deposit and a further £150 for invitations, which will need reprinting.

Mr Brooke is disappointed that he had not received information from the company and only discovered the closure by word of mouth.

Wedding plans shattered by venue closure

The New Exchange Brasserie in North Shields has begun liquidation proceedings Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Couples who had booked wedding receptions at The New Exchange Brasserie and Bar in North Shields say they've been left in the lurch after the venue closed without notice. Most only discovered the closure when they couldn't get through to the venue, then saw a notice pinned to the building.

The Brasserie has begun proceedings to go into liquidation. Most couples had paid a £200 deposit and say they feel they've been abandoned by the company which hasn't contacted them or returned calls.


Flood Warning: Areas at risk in North and South Shields

The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for the Tyne Estuary at North and South Shields.

The following areas are expected to be affected between 3pm and 5.45pm: Fish Market, Bell Street, Clifford's Fort, Union Road, Union Quay, Clive Street, Duke Street, Ferry Mews, Liddell Street, Corporation Quay, South Shields Ferry Landing, Wapping Street and River Drive.

Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date information, or go to

Full report: Court appearance following ferry fire

A man has appeared before North Tyneside magistrates accused of starting a fire that caused more than eight hundred thousand pounds worth of damage to a ferry.

The King Seaways ship between North Shields and Amsterdam was 25 miles off the Yorkshire coast when the fire started in a cabin.

Six people had to be winched to hospital suffering smoke inhalation.

Boden George Hughes of Fulwell Road in Sunderland is charged with arson with intent to endanger life and affray.

Lucy Taylor reports.

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