Plan for memorial to fishermen lost at sea
A FUNDRAISING campaign has been launched to help build a 9ft-tall bronze memorial on Brixham harbourside to fishermen lost at sea.
The port is still mourning the loss of skipper Geoff Ingram after the sinking of the Sarah Jayne trawler off Berry Head and it is hoped the project will act as a memorial to him and others lost in the industry.
Sculptor Elizabeth Hadley has recently completed a one-third scaled down model of the proposed memorial which shows two fishermen at the wheel of a boat.
The 3ft-high maquette in bronze resin was completed in time for Fishstock so residents and festival goers could view it.
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Mrs Hadley, who has been based in the St Mary's area of Brixham for 14 years, said the memorial, which could go up on the harbourside where the coastguard station is, would be a fitting tribute to the fishermen lost at sea and act as a focal point for the community.
She said: "I hope it can not only become a memorial to those fishermen lost at sea but a celebration of the whole fishing industry."
The statue, known as Man and Boy, is being supported by the Fishermen In Sculptural heritage charity which was founded to raise money so it can be built.
It will cost about £150,000 to build the full-size, 9ft statue which compares with £100,000 for a 7ft-tall bronze statue of Jimmy Hill outside Coventry football club stadium or the £50,000 Newlyn fishing memorial which was built 10 years ago.
Ki Barnes, secretary and trustee of the FISH charity, said £45,000 had already been raised towards building Man and Boy.
She said the high price tag was partially due to the rising cost of metals.
She said she became involved in the project when Mrs Hadley approached her to see if the community would be interested in her idea.
Mrs Barnes said: "Elizabeth came to see me to see if I wanted to get involved in the project.
"I thought the proposal was brilliant so we created this charity to raise funds for it.
"The money we've raised so far comes entirely from the people of Brixham including many fishermen.
"In this time of economic austerity to raise that much money already is absolutely magnificent."
Mrs Barnes said she was hoping to receive some good news regarding European funding some time in the autumn.
The statue could take one year to build.
When erected by the coastguard station on Kings Quay, the statue will be seen from the harbourside and by fishing boats coming into port.
Mrs Hadley said she would try to sell small-size replicas of the Man and Boy statue to raise money for the project.
Fellow Brixham sculptor Peter Stride was used as the model for the older man.
He said: "I would really like to see it built. It would be good to see this memorial to all fishermen built by a local artist."
To help raise funds, call Mrs Barnes on 01803 859678.