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Carved tribute to Boston's lost fishermen

A scale model of a carved tribute to Boston's lost fishermen is now on view in the council offices in West Street, Boston.

The carving gives an  impression of how the final ten-foot high oak monument with public seating will look.

It will remain on public view for a couple of weeks and is in the atrium area in Municipal Buildings.

Members of Boston and South Holland Wood Carvers working in liaison with Supt Suesan Brown of the Fishermen's Mission, have undertaken the project to honour all fishermen who sailed from Boston and lost their lives at sea, especially those that were lost and taken into captivity during the hostilities of 1914-18.

At least 51 fishermen lost their lives and 53 more were held prisoners of war.

The wood carvers meet every Wednesday and Saturday between 10am and 1pm in St Botolph's Church in Boston (The Stump).

The "tribute to the lost fishermen of Boston" will feature seating and interlinked carved panels on a rising tower with imagery reflective of the fishing industry and Boston's maritime history. There will be some descriptive words. It may stand on a decorative concrete plinth, shaped to resemble waves.

It is hoped to place it somewhere along The Haven, within view of vessels leaving and arriving the port in time for the centenary of the end of the First World War next November.

The wood carvers want to hear from anyone who can help with a supply of oak. The group is growing, although more are welcome, and they now need more tools and would also be pleased to hear from anyone who can help with sponsorship to buy tools or anyone who has suitable tools to donate. If you can help please contact Colin Briggs on 01205 760086 or email boston.poacher@gmail.com

Anyone is welcome to join the wood carvers and have a go. Just turn up at the Stump on a Wednesday or Saturday between 10am and 1pm. For more information visit their Facebook site at http://bit.ly/2pKdWmf

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Caption: From left, Sandrae Dickson, Jane Kay (artist) and Iain Braid holding the fourth panel on which he is carving a steam trawler