Down again today, how exciting…
After the usual shopping, I got the Metro to Tynemouth, then walked along the river to the North Shields fish quay. My plan was to get some photos of the recently installed monument/art work Fiddlers Green, which is dedicated to the memory of fishermen lost at sea. It comes complete with an plaque reading:
To the fishermen lost in the cold North Sea
and the ones who will be so,
I’ll be seeing you all on Fiddlers Green,
be steady as you go.
For Fiddler 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.
Even if it didn’t bear his signature, you’d have no trouble guessing that it’s the work of Ray Lonsdale, the man responsible for “Tommy”, the World War I memorial at Seaham.
Here are some photos:
The work has been placed in an ideal location, with the fisherman looking out to sea, perhaps waiting for friends to return, or remembering those lost. Like Tommy, it’s built on a larger than life scale and is an impressive addition to its environment.