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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.