Fundraisers closing in on their target for fishermens’ memorial

The North Shields Fishermens Heritage Project (NSFHP) are just �10,000 away from their fundraising target. Picture by Alison Spedding Photography.

The North Shields Fishermens Heritage Project (NSFHP) are just �10,000 away from their fundraising target. Picture by Alison Spedding Photography.

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An appeal to create a lasting memorial to fishermen is within its fundraising goal.

The North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project (NSFHP) now needs to raise £10,000 to complete the installation of the ‘Fiddler’s Green’ sculpture after receiving full support from North Tyneside Council.

They are now hoping the £75,000 project – which has been designed by Ray Lonsdale – can be installed on North Shields Fish Quay during late summer or early autumn this year.

Terry McDermott, from NSFHP, said: “We are delighted with the support offered by North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn and the Council to ensure that we reach our target.

“This is a significant and huge statement of the council’s commitment to our project to install a memorial to fishermen lost at sea from the port of North Shields.”

The Group hope to boost the fundraising at a number of upcoming community events that are planned.

They will be part of the Green Carnival at The Coast being held at Tynemouth Priory on Saturday.

Keith Spedding, fundraiser for NSFHP, said: “The Green Carnival will be a great family fun event – there’ll be a range of activities, including a family fun run, food concessions, live music, dancing, and the opportunity to be part of a World Record attempt at the largest human shamrock.

“NSFHP will be present in one of five interactive worlds ‘Locality and Lifestyle’ where our theme will be ‘Fish and Ships’.”

NSFHP have organised a sale and an auction at The Old Low Light Heritage Centre at Clifford’s Fort, North Shields Fish Quay, at 2pm on Saturday, March 25 – with a preview of items the day before from 11am.

Amongst the items under the hammer will be a trip for two on the St Aidan (a dual use vessel, used for enforcement duties and carrying out survey work), where the lucky bidder will spend about six to eight hours on the boat.

The new Harbourmaster for the Port of Tyne, Steven Clapperton has also offered a 30 minute visit to the Harbour Office/Traffic Centre with him, followed by an hours round trip out on the pilot boat for up to four people.

Henry Howard, vice chairman of NSFHP, said: “The trip on the St Aidan donated by Northumberland Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (NIFCA) and the tour /pilot trip offered by the Port of Tyne are amazing and unique contributions to our auction and we are really grateful to both of them for their support of our project.”

Backworth Male Voice Choir and the Radcliffe Ladies Choir have organised a musical night on Saturday, April 29, at St Hilda’s Church, North Shields, as a fundraiser for NSFHP.

Tickets are £7 and are available from backworthchoir@gmail.com or Beldons Bar at The Exchange, Howard Street and The Low Lights Tavern, Brewhouse Bank North Shields and also at their Sale/Auction on March 25.

If you would like to help The North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project raise the final £10,000 – join in with one of their fundraising events or visit www.nsfhp.org.uk/donate