What’s next?

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“Fiddler’s Green” Fishermen’s Memorial being made in Ray Lonsdale’s workshop

Yes indeed … what’s next?

Since December 2015 I’ve been helping the North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project (NSFHP) raise £75,000 for a Memorial to fishermen lost at sea from the port of North Shields. I was responsible for Press/PR/Social Media/the newsletter …. amongst other things.

By May 2017 the £75,000 target was reached and on 24 September 2017 the 2.25x life size cor-ten steel memorial was in place on the North Shields Fish Quay. It took about 10 months of serious fundraising to get to the target with the help of the local community, local businesses, Trusts and North Tyneside Council.

So it’s in situ – and I have left the Project to pursue other projects.

The Group continue for another year with a view to carrying out the things outlined at their AGM in December:-

A Memorial Book

Working with Amber films

An Annual Fiddler’s Green Day event on/around 24th September

… and what about me? …. “What’s Next?”

The priority first and foremost is to get back into shape – the last two years sat at a PC writing press articles, newsletters etc for NSFHP together with being a slave to social media to get the word out about the project has paid a toll (a large one!) on my waist line – I need to shed several pounds 🙂

I have joined a gym and have signed up to five classes a week – so I am really hoping to see some positive results soon!

Unfortunately I will still be somewhat ‘chained to the PC’, because as well as pursuing my photography in 2018 (which entails some sitting at a PC) – I also plan to write a book about how the fishermen’s memorial was made.

I visited the sculptors workshop 15 times and photographed it being made – so it seems a natural step really to do something with the 400+ so far (there are more) edited photographs.

2018 is therefore looking quite busy and exciting from where I am ‘sitting’ – or should I say from where I am ‘leaping about’!

Here are a few images by way of a sneaky little peek …

Almost there…

A week today and it will just about be over!

Almost two years of volunteering with the North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project (NSFHP) to raise £75,000 for a memorial to fishermen lost at sea from the port of North Shields is drawing to a close. The memorial will be unveiled on Sunday 24th September.

NSFHP raised the money in about 10 months of serious fundraising – it’s been a roller coaster of a ride!

At the end of the Project I had planned to write a book about it, with lots of photographs of the memorial being made. I went to the sculptors workshop 15 times to photograph it’s development (at my own cost – nothing was claimed from NSFHP as expenses).

Charlie (another member of NSFHP) has been writing a book about the project for several months now. I haven’t had a chance to even made a start yet on my ‘book’. 😦

Charlie is essentially a historian, so his book would have been poles apart from what I had planned to publish. I think there would have been ‘space’ for two books because we would have been approaching it from entirely different perspectives.

I have however spoken to another author on the mechanics of getting a book published (and the cost of it)  – after an hour of chatting to him, I decided that it probably wasn’t for me! I have already spent a small fortune putting together the photographs and organising a Q&A with the sculptor.

What I have decided to do instead …. is to write a blog – no cost to me – infinitely better!

I hope that you will read it over the coming months. It will be of particular interest to anybody considering becoming a volunteer in a project. I have plenty of learning tips, pitfalls to avoid, as well as the odd amusing story!

The photograph above is of Rt Hon Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth, Ray Lonsdale (Sculptor) and Elected Mayor of North Tyneside Norma Redfearn at my Q&A. Behind them is the site for the memorial in the very early stages of being prepared.