A community project trying to raise money to create a memorial to fishermen lost at sea from the port of North Shields is now almost half way to reaching its total thanks to a £2,000 donation from the team at wholesaler Henry Colbeck.
The North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project
(NSFHP) needs to raise £72,000 to fund the memorial and thanks to the kind generosity of exhibitors at Colbeck’s “What’s Cooking? 2017” exhibition on Sunday, £1,000 was donated. This has been matched by Henry Colbeck, taking the current amount raised to almost £32,500.
North Shields is the largest prawn landing port in England, yet it is one of the few that does not have a memorial to its lost fishermen.
Talking of their support for the project, Bill Colbeck, chairman of Henry Colbeck, said: “We are a family owned and managed business, and we sell a range of products including frozen at sea cod and haddock, plus a variety of other frozen foods, so we are all too aware of the dangers of commercial fishing, which is still the UK’s toughest and most dangerous peacetime occupation. We are delighted to match the exhibitors’ donation of £1,000, to bring the total raised for NSFHP to £2,000 and we wish them every success”.
Keith Spedding, fundraiser for NSFHP, added: “It’s another big step forward for us and everyone at NSFHP is extremely grateful to Bill and the great team at Henry Colbeck.”