Fishermen memorial appeal nets two more grants

Floppsie Cullens Tynemouth present a cheque for more than �8,000 to the North Shields Fishermen's Heritage Project. Picture by Alison Spedding
Floppsie Cullens Tynemouth present a cheque for more than �8,000 to the North Shields Fishermen's Heritage Project. Picture by Alison Spedding

An appeal to create a lasting memorial to fishermen is two-thirds of its way towards its target.

North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project (NSFHP) is aiming to raise £60,000 for a memorial to those lost at sea.

Bill Colbeck (left), chairman of Henry Colbeck Ltd, presents a cheque to NSFHP fundraiser Keith Spedding with fellow director Duncan McLean (right). Picture by Alison Spedding

Bill Colbeck (left), chairman of Henry Colbeck Ltd, presents a cheque to NSFHP fundraiser Keith Spedding with fellow director Duncan McLean (right). Picture by Alison Spedding

And following the most recent donations, they have passed the £40,000 mark.

Facebook group Floppsie Cullen’s Tynemouth has organised a number of fundraising events over the last 12 months.

And it recently presented a cheque for £8,150 to the NSFHP.

Terry McDermott, chairman of NSFHP, said: “The donation from the Floppsies will take our fund-raising to just over £40,000 that we need for the Fiddler’s Green sculpture by Ray Lonsdale, and is an amazing contribution – we are absolutely delighted.”

Elsewhere, a What’s Cooking 2017 event hosted by Henry Colbeck Limited and its exhibitors at Newcastle Racecourse, netted the project another £2,000.

Henry Colbeck Limited is the oldest independent supplier to the fish and chip market in the UK and also supplies Italian, Chinese and Indian, takeaways and restaurants.

Bill Colbeck, chairman of Henry Colbeck Limited, said: “We are a family-owned business, selling a range of products including frozen at sea cod and haddock, plus a variety of other frozen foods, so we are all too aware of the dangers of commercial fishing.

“We are delighted to match the exhibitor’s donation of £1,000, to bring the total raised to £2,000 and we wish them every success.”

North Shields is the largest prawn landing port in England, yet it is one of the few that does not have a memorial to its lost fishermen.

Keith Spedding, fundraiser for NSFHP, said: “We are delighted with the response of the exhibitors and Henry Colbeck Limited to our fundraising.

“It’s another big step forward for us and everyone at NSFHP is extremely grateful to Bill and the great team at Henry Colbeck Limited.”

For further information on NSFHP visit www.nsfhp.org.uk