Trawlerman’s Night at the FHC

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Ex-fishermen from across North East Lincolnshire will be recognised at the third annual reunion evening to be held at Grimsby’s Fishing Heritage Centre.

Organised by the centre and The Fishermen’s Mission, more than 120 ex-trawlermen have already confirmed their attendance at the event on September 8, between 6pm and 10pm, to celebrate their part in the local fishing industry and receive life-long free entry to the Heritage Centre.

The guests will have exclusive use of the centre and Ross Tiger trawler for the evening and will enjoy guided talks and refreshments. Food for the evening has been kindly donated by Youngs’ Seafood, and the guests will have the chance to drink a recreated Grimsby Hewitts ale, produced by the Black Horse Brewery at Louth to the original 1874 recipe.

Cllr David Watson, Deputy Leader of the Council, said:

I’m delighted we are able to honour these men in this way. Their part in the history and prosperity of this area is immense.

The ex-fishermen will be presented with their Skipper’s Ticket, which is the council’s gift to them, giving them unlimited free admission to the centre and Ross Tiger and a 50 per cent discount to their families.

Although free entry to local ex-trawlermen has existed for many years, the Fishing Heritage Centre staff have felt that not enough ex-fishermen are aware of it and haven’t used the building as much as they would like.

Dave Ornsby, education and outreach officer at the Fishing Heritage Centre, said:

We started doing the event came after staff from the Heritage Centre attended a service at the Fisherman’s Chapel back in 2014. We were keen to work closer with the Fishermen’s Mission and decided to host this night out of respect of what the trawlermen have achieved. The Trawlerman’s Night highlights that the centre is here for our former fishermen and to acknowledge the immense efforts that these men made in one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, making our town famous around the world.

Tony Jewitt, superintendent at Grimsby’s Fishermen’s Mission, said:

This is a wonderful opportunity on several fronts; firstly to highlight the on-going work at the Fishermens Mission in Grimsby and the variety of help available to ex seafarers.

Secondly to educate the local area of our fishing heritage with some wonderful exhibits including our beloved Ross Tiger and to also meet up with old crew members, whether they are skippers, mates or deckies.

And finally to have a bite to eat over a drink whilst reminiscing over days gone by – and to top it all, we’re not asking for a penny.

A limited number of tickets are still available for the event from Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre or the Fishermen’s Mission.

Telephone the Heritage Centre on 323345 or the Mission on 354384 for details. Proof of employment aboard Grimsby fishing vessels will be required when collecting tickets.

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