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First national fishermen’s memorial day held in Grimsby

9:32 am, Monday, 13th May 2024 - 6 days ago

Culture, events and tourism

The first national memorial service for fisherman has been held in Grimsby.

Held at the Lost Fisherman’s Memorial in St James’ Square, Grimsby, families of those lost at sea were joined by a number of people laying wreaths in memory.

The event, organised by charity the Fisherman’s Mission, saw large crowds gather in the square as they took time to remember those who lost their lives in the industry.

For Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre Operations Manager, David Ornsby, the event was seminal to what the centre is all about. “It’s a very important day for us.

David Ornsby, Operations Manager at the Fishing Heritage Centre lays a wreath

“The centre has been celebrating the lives of these men and their unique way of life for over 30 years.

“During the height of the industry we lost thousands of lives and many ships so it’s important we remember what these men gave, not only for them, but also for the families that have had to come to terms with the loss.”

Philip Jackson, Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Economy, Net Zero, Skills and Housing said Grimsby was the perfect place to host the first memorial service.

He said: “It’s very appropriate that the first event has been held in Grimsby. At one time, it was home to the largest fishing port in the country.”

He added: “The growth of the fishing industry had a massively positive impact on the area as a whole and without it the town wouldn’t be what it is today. With that in mind, it’s imperative that we pay tribute to those who gave their lives to bring food back to the people of Britain.”

Captain Marc Evans, Chief Executive of the Fisherman’s Mission

Marc Evans, Chief Executive of the Fisherman’s Mission, was thrilled to have a day dedicated to remembering men who worked in one of the most dangerous occupations.

“People have been fishing as long as there have been fish in the sea. Over those years, there has been many people who have tragically lost their lives for one reason or another.

“Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations there is and with it being a national industry, I think it’s only right that there is a day dedicated to those who are no longer with us.

“Not only for their sakes, but to recognise the impact it has had on their families and friends. I want this day to ensure we raise awareness of how dangerous fishing actually is.

“Unless you go to a port or buy fish fresh, you may not understand what goes in to catching it. A day like this puts in to perspective the sacrifice so many people made to bring fish to our shores.”

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