A heritage project to raise funds to create a lasting memorial to fishermen lost at sea from the port of North Shields, has received a financial boost from business consultancy Blackswan.
North Shields Fishermen's Heritage Project is looking to raise around £75,000 to create the memorial.
And Keith Spedding last week accepted a cheque for £500 from Blackswan CEO Maurice Duffy, to help towards the project.
Maurice Duffy said: "I am delighted to be able to support such a worthy cause and I hope other businesses get behind the project so there can be a fitting memorial created for all those fishermen who have lost their lives."
Following a public vote the winning memorial design was chosen as Fiddler's Green by artist Ray Lonsdale.
The memorial will be built on land to the east of Clifford’s Fort overlooking the river mouth, and adjacent to the coloured buoys near the fish quay sands.
An NSFHP spokesman said: "We think this is the perfect spot for the memorial. Now the real hard work starts.
"The cost of the design is £60,000 plus vat. We currently have £15,000 – so there's still plenty to do, but local businesses are helping us realise our goal."
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