Memorial to lives lost at sea

Commissioning of Gaul plaque at Royal Quays Marina, North Shields, with (left to right-back row) Barry Hunter-householder, Tommy Miller-retired Fisherman, Peter Dade-Supt North Shields Fishermen's Mission, Henry Howard-retired Fisherman and (front two-left to right) Aubrey Bowles-retired Chief Engineer and brother to Ronald Bowles-one of the missing crew and MP Alan Campbell.'REF 2410147695

Commissioning of Gaul plaque at Royal Quays Marina, North Shields, with (left to right-back row) Barry Hunter-householder, Tommy Miller-retired Fisherman, Peter Dade-Supt North Shields Fishermen's Mission, Henry Howard-retired Fisherman and (front two-left to right) Aubrey Bowles-retired Chief Engineer and brother to Ronald Bowles-one of the missing crew and MP Alan Campbell.'REF 2410147695

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A new plaque has been unveiled remembering six lives lost in the North Sea.

The memorial plaque was commissioned to remember six fishermen from the North Shields area who were lost on the Gaul.

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell joined officials from the Fishermen’s Mission to unveiled the plaque, at the Chirton Dene Quays end of Royal Quays Marina.

The service followed the annual Lost Fishermen’s and Seafarer’s Service five days earlier at the North Shields Baptist Church.

More than 100 people joined service and uniformed organisations, led by Senior Superintendent (Retired) Alex Slater MBE, who was Supt at North Shields in the 1970s.

During the service, candles were lit to remember all the fishermen and seafarers who had lost their lives at sea, including the Gaul which was lost 40 years ago.