The North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project is a community based project that created a fitting and lasting memorial to fishermen who left the port of North Shields and lost their lives just doing their job.
There are about 12,000 fishermen in the UK. Commercial fishing is the UK’s toughest and most dangerous peacetime occupation. While there is some evidence of fatal injuries to the crew of commercial fishing vessels declining over recent years, the number of serious non-fatal injuries suffered by fishing crew remains high.
Members of our Group have lost family, friends and colleagues and believed that North Shields (England’s largest Prawn Port) should have a memorial to fishermen lost at sea.
North Shields is one of the few ports in the UK that didn’t have one – so we raised funds for a memorial and a place for reflection on the North Shields Fish Quay. It is now in place so please come and visit it!