It’s been a while since I posted a blog (just in case anybody has noticed)!
I have been ultra-busy working with the North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project (NSFHP) pretty much every spare moment I have had since Christmas.
The Group, is made up of fishermen, retired fishermen and people like myself who are not connected to the fishing industry – all working towards the same goal of raising around £75,000.
NSFHP is a community based project dedicated to creating a fitting and lasting memorial to fishermen who left the port of North Shields and lost their lives just doing their job.
Commercial fishing is the UK’s toughest and most dangerous peacetime occupation.
The Group believe 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 doesn’t have one and we’d like to put that right – so we are raising funds for a memorial and a place for reflection on the North Shields Fish Quay.
We have spent a fair bit of time getting all the building blocks in place to start raising funds in earnest…. Things such as :-
- Applying for a grant to enable us to buy banner stands, business cards, flyers, Public Liability Insurance and other marketing materials to get the word out. We can’t of course use money donated by people to the memorial.
- Working with North Tyneside Council to firm up how they are prepared to assist us.
- Setting up a website www.nsfhp.org.uk
- Getting ourselves established on Social Media sites such as:-
- Twitter @nsfh_Project
- LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/north-shields-fishermen-s-heritage-project-398098116
- Facebook – North Shields Fishermens Heritage Project
- Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/1/116449651483973775339/posts
- And last, but certainly not least we have an on-line donation page – https://www.goldengiving.com/charity/north-shields-fishermens-heritage-project
We have also written a Sculptors Brief and have invited four sculptors to submit their drawings to us. These are now all in so the Group need to select the ones they wish to put forward to a public vote. Asking the public to donate money for something they cannot envisage is really hard – so we wanted to get the design for the memorial sorted as soon as we could.
Voting opens on 18 July for 3 months (last day will be 17 October) – we are asking for people to vote for the memorial that they would MOST like to see on the fish quay.
The chosen designs will be on display, together with examples of the chosen sculptors work at our lunch event – at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre – which is just a few weeks away now – Monday 18 July.
If you live locally please call in and say hi!
It will be open to the public 10am-4pm
Here’s where it is – https://www.goldengiving.com/event/LaunchEventOLL