North Shields group hits £75k for fishermen’s memorial

Danny Higney and Cameron Boyd, publicans of the Low Lights Tavern, donated �2,000 to the North Shields Fisherman's Heritage Project to help them reach their target. Picture by Alison Spedding.

Danny Higney and Cameron Boyd, publicans of the Low Lights Tavern, donated �2,000 to the North Shields Fisherman's Heritage Project to help them reach their target. Picture by Alison Spedding.

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A fund-raising campaign to create a lasting memorial to lost fishermen is celebrating hitting its target.

North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project (NSFHP) set out 10 months ago to raise £75,000 for the memorial to be sited on North Shields Fish Quay.

The chosen memorial 'The Fiddlers Green' by Ray Lonsdale.

The chosen memorial 'The Fiddlers Green' by Ray Lonsdale.

And thanks to a host of residents, groups, businesses, auctions and North Tyneside Council, they have raised enough for the Fiddler’s Green statue, designed by Ray Lonsdale, to be built and erected.

The fund was £2,000 short until Danny Higney and Cameron Boyd, publicans of the Low Lights Tavern on Brewhouse Bank, North Shields, stepped forward to help.

Henry Howard, retired fisherman and vice chairman of NSFHP, said: “Danny and Cameron have helped NSFHP so many times since our launch in July 2016 and this is yet another example of their amazing generosity – I suppose I’ll have to go in for a few more pints now!”

Danny said: “The Low Lights Tavern is the oldest pub in North Shields, and is the only surviving proper fishermen’s pub left on the Fish Quay, so we felt it was only right that we help NSFHP with the final £2,000 they needed to get the job done.”

The site of the proposed fishermen's memorial on North Shields Fish Quay, Picture by Alison Spedding.

The site of the proposed fishermen's memorial on North Shields Fish Quay, Picture by Alison Spedding.

The final design will be made in weathering steel, developed to eliminate the need for painting as it forms a stable rust-like appearance when exposed to the weather.

It will be revealed to the public on Sunday, September 24, between 11.30am and 1pm at a ceremony on the foreshore at Clifford’s Fort, North Shields.

The Group hope the day will be one of celebration with music and dancing as they aim to recreate a sense of Fiddler’s Green.

For further details on the day visit www.nsfhp.org.uk/event/fiddlers-green-day

Two meet the sculptor question and answer events will take place on Saturday, August 12, at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre at 2.15pm and 4.15pm. Tickets are £4, available from the Centre at Clifford’s Fort or email nsfhproject@gmail.com

Ray will talk about how he actually sets about creating this unique piece of public art.