Our memorials are dedicated to those that have lost their lives out in the North Sea & we continue to work hard to ensure those lost are never forgot.
Our work continues with young people and local schools, arranging educational visits to highlight the work of the fishing industry in the North of England.
The memorial sculpture was unveiled on 24th September 2017 on the site collectively referred to as 'Fiddler's Green' - The mythical resting place of all deceased mariners. The depiction is that of a lone fisherman reflecting in thought and was inspired by a photograph taken in 1960 by local photographer, Harry Hann.
Weighing in at almost 2 tons, the cost of The Memorial was £75,000, a sum raised in less than 18 months by the generosity of the local community and businesses.
The sculpture was made by local artist and steel fabricator; Ray Lonsdale at South Hetton, Co. Durham. It is manufactured from Corton Steel with an anticipated life span of 150 years.
Not only is the memorial a focal point on North Shields foreshore, but it plays an important role in helping us to remember the rich fishing heritage of North Shields as well as those men that served it.
We have commissioned a wooden bench seat, situated close to the memorial, which has been carved with a fishing theme by local artist and wood sculptor; Mark Crowley. Depending on funding we are hoping to commission a further two benches in the near future.
The Herring Girl
In order to recognise the role and contribution that women have played over the years to the local fishing industry, we are currently in discussion with North Tyneside Council to consider the possibility of installing a life-size statuette of a Herring-Girl to be located within the regeneration area of the Fish Quay. Design work is ongoing and further details will be announce in due course.