Artwork pays tribute to lost Grimsby fishermen
A POIGNANT painting has been unveiled to commemorate Grimsby fishermen lost at sea.
Trawlers At Rest was created by local artist Dale Mackie and is now on display at the Fishing Heritage Centre, in Grimsby.
Dale, from Cleethorpes, has painted for 25 years and has always had a strong affinity towards the town's fishing history.
He used old images of Grimsby Fish Docks and its trawlers, sourced from family albums and newspapers.
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Dale said: "With hundreds lost at sea it has inspired me to create this abstract painting which depicts more than 200 names of vessels.
"It was very moving creating it and it is important to me they are remembered.
"I created it at the studio in Abbey Walk Gallery, and it took me about two months to make."
Dale, who works at Jacobs Engineering in Grimsby, said he especially wanted the painting in public for others to see.
It was donated by himself, in partnership with North East Lincolnshire Council and the gallery.
"I want people to take time to remember fishermen who were lost," he said.
"I have never worked at sea myself, but my friends have, so I have always had an interest in this local theme."
It will be officially unveiled to the public at the launch of the latest Heritage Lottery-funded exhibition called The Cod Wars at the centre, next Tuesday, at noon.
The exhibition looks at the period of gradual decline in distant water, trawling out of Grimsby.
There will be items from the council's collection, including trawler models and newspaper cuttings of interest, as well as two more paintings by Dale. There is an open invitation to any ex-fishermen, fishing families or anyone connected with the industry or with an interest in the Cod Wars, to go along to the launch to browse the exhibition and enjoy a buffet.
Rachel McWilliam, a development officer at the council, said: "I think it is a wonderful piece of art."
North East Lincolnshire Councillor Mick Burnett added: "The memorial is abstract, bright and striking to the eye which will hopefully gain a lot of interest.
"It is a great way for families to remember their loved ones who were un-regrettably lost out in sea.
"They will be able to sit down quietly in the area and look at the hundreds of names.
"Dale certainly has a vivid imagination and hopefully everyone will enjoy it."
The exhibition will run from next Tuesday to Sunday April 14, at the Muriel Barker Gallery.