North Shields Fishermen’s Mission held its second Mission Aid, event on the Western Quay, North Shields Fish Quay on Saturday 4th July to celebrate the sea, the fishermen and the work of the Fishermen’s Mission. The event was part of Seafarers Awareness Week, which had just taken place.
The event was opened by the Revd. Supt. George Ayoma, Mission Area Officer based at Fleetwood and Fishermen’s Pastor for the whole of the UK. This was George’s first visit to North Shields. The rest of the platform party were the Rt.Hon. Alan Campbell MP, for Tynemouth, Superintendent Peter and Mrs Susan Dade. Mission Area Officer based at North Shields, Gwen Pickford and partner Barry Wallace . A presentation was made to Gwen, who is the Admin Asst. at North Shields Mission and Barry who is compere for Mission Aid. They have both been involved since the event began over six years ago Alan Campbell presented the Volunteer of the Year Award for last year, 2014 to Steve Norton, who has been an excellent volunteer for the Mission not just at events, but during the busy prawn season.
Also visiting North Shields for the first time was Albert the fisherman! The mascot of the Fishermen’s Mission.
Despite torrential rain the night before and on the morning of the event, the sun eventually came out, the Western Quay dried out and it was a fantastic day. Live music was provided by Fishermen’s Mission Support Band, who sung sea shanties and Geordie songs, and headline act Holly’s School of Steel. New for this year first was the Stokes-Collins Irish School of Dancing, who captivated the crowds, Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade was present with their Rescue Land rover and Tynemouth Lifeboat thrilled the crowds with a display of its manoeuvrability and speed. There was also a Proggy/Hooky Mat Exhibition.
The stalls did very well as did Albert’s bucket. £770.27 was raised on the day, from stalls and collections. The event was also boosted by a £500 grant from the Tyne Port Welfare Committee (PWC) and support from the Fish Quay.
A total of £1820.27 was raised for the Fishermen’s Mission, to care for fishermen & their families in the North East, both active and retired, which is tremendous!
Superintendent Peter Dade said he was very grateful indeed for the support of Old Low Light, Tyne Port Welfare Committee (PWC) and the Port of Tyne, North Shields Fish Quay Company Limited, Caley Fisheries North Shields, Seaview Fisheries, Staith House, DFDS Seaways, and to all the volunteers who helped to set up event.
Mission Area Officer
Thank you to Dave Waters who supplied the photos to the Fishermen’s Mission.