Work is set to begin on Hull’s permanent memorial for trawlermen who lost their lives at sea, reports Paul Scott.

Last year, it was announced that funding had been secured for a permanent memorial to the city’s lost trawlermen, with work expected to start late in 2022 (Fishing News, 8 September, 2022, ‘Hull to get permanent trawlermen’s memorial’).

Hull City Council says that work on the memorial garden, to be carried out by Wrights Construction, will now begin in early spring, and is expected to last 10 weeks.

The garden will feature Peter Naylor’s sculpture depicting the crew of a trawler, which commemorates the estimated 6,000 fishermen lost from Hull. The artwork was first unveiled at St Andrew’s Quay in 2016, but was later removed and kept in storage ahead of major flood defence enhancement work.

Gemma Aked, the council’s corporate director for regeneration, told the BBC: “The project will reinstate the artwork within a landscaped memorial garden which befits the historical importance of the dock to the local community.” The St Andrew’s Dock

Fishing Heritage Group raised approximately £220,000 towards the original cost of the scheme, with Hull City Council contributing a further £65,000.

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