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Campaign for a lasting memorial to North Shields fishermen

Ray Lonsdale - design for a lasting memorial to fishermen at lost at sea Credit: NSFHP

Campaigners who want a lasting memorial to North Shields fishermen lost at sea are inviting the public to see for the first time, the location and designs for a lasting memorial.

The North Shields Fishermen's Heritage Project (NSFHP) was set up in 2015 to create the memorial to fishermen who left the port of North Shields and lost their lives doing their job.

The designs and ideas have been on display at theNorth Shields Low Light Heritage Centre.

'We really hope people will come along to the first chance they will have to see where the memorial will be sited on the Fish Quay, overlooking the harbour and piers, and the range of designs from prominent artists.

Visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite design.'

– Terry McDermott, Chairman of the NSFHP
Richard Broderick - design for a lasting memorial to fishermen at lost at sea Credit: NSFHP

What is the North Shields Fishermen's Heritage Project?

  • The North Shields Fishermen's Heritage Project is a community based project dedicated to creating a fitting and lasting memorial to fishermen who left the port of North Shields and lost their lives just doing their job.
  • There are about 12,000 fishermen in the UK. Commercial fishing is the UK's toughest and most dangerous peacetime occupation. While there is some evidence of fatal injuries to the crew of commercial fishing vessels declining over recent years, the number of serious non-fatal injuries suffered by fishing crew remains high.
  • Members of our Group have lost many family, friends and colleagues and believe that North Shields (England's largest Prawn Port) should have a memorial to fishermen lost at sea.
  • North Shields is one of the few ports in the UK that doesn't have one and we'd like to put that right - so we are raising funds for a memorial and a place for reflection on the North Shields Fish Quay.
John O'Rourke - design for a lasting memorial to fishermen at lost at sea Credit: NSFHP