A service for lost seafarers

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An annual service for lost fishermen and seafarers will take place this weekend.

The service of reflection and remembrance for all fisherman lost from the waters of the north east and beyond, will take place on Sunday, October 19, at 3pm at North Shields Baptist Church in Howard Street.

Mission area officer, Supt Peter Dade, said: “The service will include the Gaul, lost with all hands 40 years ago in February this year.

“Of the 36 crew lost, six were from North Shields.

“Two new plaques will be unveiled at the service by Alan Campbell, MP for Tynemouth.

“One of the plaques will go in the Fishermen’s Mission Chapel along with the present plaques to the Gaul; the other will be sited in the former Albert Edward Dock, now Royal Quays Marina, at the site where the Ranger Castor berthed.”

Guest speaker at the service will be senior superintendent Alex Slater, who was superintendent at North Shields in the 1970s, and Tyneside Maritime Chorus will be special guests.

During the service there is a time to light candles in memory of all lost at sea.

Immediately following the service, wreaths will be laid at the Seafarer’s Anchor Memorial, Tyne Street/Howard Street, in memory of all fishermen and seafarers who have been lost at sea.

The service will take place on Sunday, October 19, from 3pm.