ABC South: January - February 2017

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North Shields is England’s largest prawn landing port and during this prawn season, the North Shields fishing fleet, as well as visiting boats to the port, together with prawn merchants Caley Fisheries, Coquet Island Shellfish and Moir Seafoods made a significant donation of £3,930 to the North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project (NSFHP) who are raising funds for a memorial to fishermen lost at sea from the port. The donation was a great boost to the start of 2017 fundraising – taking the total raised so far to almost £29,000. NSFHP have continued to receive donations from far and wide for the memorial. A painting of the Gaul/Ranger Castor by fisherman/artist Michael Smith was donated to NSFHP and sold for £500 to Sharon North from Hull - she was just 3 years old when her father Billy North was lost at sea when the ship went down on 8 February 1974 with 36 men on board. Gaye and Hugh Hutchinson 32

from “Release Potential” – a company dedicated to helping the long term unemployed gain confidence ready to return to work - donated £500 to the fundraising. William Oliver & Rodman Russell Ltd, a metal fabrication business in Little Bedford Street, North Shields donated £300. Paul Barbrook MD of WORR said - "We have been doing work for the fishing industry in Shields for many years now and we are delighted to be able to give something back and get this long overdue Memorial built in memory of those who never came back to port." Local author Dan Turner's Business Manager Amanda pictured with Paul and NSFHP Chairman Terry McDermott.

recently published book entitled "Life on The Tyne" received sponsorship from six local businesses – Irvin’s Brasserie, The North Shields Fish Quay Company, J R Fisheries, Percy A Hudson, Seaview Fisheries and Royal Quays Marina - together with a donation from graphic designer Raspberry Creative Type. This sponsorship, plus initial book sales (50 pence donation from each books sold) meant that just before Christmas, Dan presented NSFHP Secretary Joyce Marti with a donation of £275. NSFHP Volunteer Keith Bell brought in several donations from a number of ship yards including as far afield as A&P Tees in Middlesbrough who donated £250.