Fishing exhibition raises support funds

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THE Whitby...Fishing...Today art exhibition held at Pannett Park art gallery was intended to raise awareness of the contribution the fishing industry still makes to Whitby, and also managed to raise funds for a fishing charity.

A cheque for £313.18 was handed to John Woollin of the Fishermen’s Mission Charity by guest curator Dave Jeffery and Whitby mayor Coun John Freeman.

Mr Jeffery described the inspiration for the exhibition as the town’s trawler fleet crews and the Gazette’s Fight For Our Fleet campaign. Coun Freeman added: “It was a tremendous effort actually putting together and showing support for our fishing industry, as it’s obviously something which is very pertinent to the town.

“Our industry has taken a pasting over the last few years so it was great to show a group of artists who are concerned about it.

“This is something I’ve found, that different members of the town’s community will come together and help each other, which is very heartwarming.”

The money was raised through donations from the artists and the general public, plus a percentage of the commission on the sale of art work, which was on display between 10 September and 16 October this year.

The Fishermen’s Mission provides welfare support to apprentices at Whitby’s fishing school.

It also works with active fishermen and visits retired fishermen, providing them with company and any support they may need.

Sponsorship support was provided for the running of the exhibition, including contributions from Parkol Marine Engineering, Fusco and the Whitby trawler skippers James Cole of the Good Intent III and Howard Locker of Emulate II.

A financial contribution was also received from the Dowager Marchioness of Normanby.