Art In North Shields, Tyne And Wear
A metal statue by Ray Lonsdale built as a memorial for fishermen lost at sea from North Shields.
Right next to the beach at North Shields sits a 10ft 6ins metal statue of a Fisherman, created by Ray Lonsdale (of Eleven O One fame), following funds raised by the North Shields Fisherman's Heritage Project. Built as a memorial for fishermen lost at sea from North Shields, he sits facing out to sea, no doubt thinking of the sailors' after-life he is named for, Fiddlers Green.
Maritime folklore states that Fiddler's Green is the paradise sailors dream of finding, filled with everlasting fun, fiddle music, and dancing.
Unveiled in 2017, the plaque reads:
“To the fishermen lost in the cold North Sea,
and the ones who will be so,
I'll be seeing you all on Fiddler's Green,
be steady as you go.
For Fiddler's Green is a place I've heard tell,
though no one really knows,
where the fishermen go if they don't go to hell,
and no Arctic wind will blow.”
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The statue is just a stone's throw from the car park and you should easily be able to see it.
Place contributed by Rachel Hagar
Adventurer, amateur photographer, and listophile. I love finding new and unusual places, especially a good waterfall or a place with Tudor era history, due to my small obsession with Henry VIII. I try to get out and about in the fresh air whenever I can, dragging my daughter along for the ride, to get her (and me) away from screens and devices.
Decommissioned leading lights in North Shields.
A statue of the comedy icon and one half of the the legendary duo Laurel and Hardy, Stan Laurel to celebrate his time living in North Tyneside.
A defensive gun battery established near the mouth of the Tyne during the Anglo Dutch Wars in the 17th Century and used during various later conflicts.
Life size sculpture referring to the legend of Durham's founding on the banks of the River Wear
A polished and lacquered aluminium shroud set in the nature reserve.