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‘Herring Girl’ statue unveiled, celebrating local heritage

Business Principal Daren Persson and Funeral Home Manager Carl Tate and other members of team attended the recent unveiling of the North Shields Herring Girl statue, a project undertaken by the North Shields Fisherman’s Heritage Project.

The sculpture, by artist Ray Lonsdale, is a life-sized statue of a traditional herring girl, holding a fish in each hand.

Previously the Heritage Project has overseen the design and building of the ‘Fiddlers Green’ statue overlooking the River Tyne. Daren Persson Funeral Service donated £500 for Fiddlers Green and £500 towards the Herring Girl.

There was a huge crowd down at the fish Quay which saw over 400 school children march through the fish Quay and then up on stage to sing Sea Shanty’s and classic hits like Big River by Jimmy Nail, followed Ray Laidler and Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne) Singing Fog on The Tyne. There were speeches from The Mayor of North Tyneside, Dame Norma Redfearn DBE. The Lord Lieutenant Ms Lucy Winskell OBE, then the statue was blessed by The Bishop of Newcastle, The Right Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley.

The statue was officially unveiled by Brenda Blethyn who brought fame to the town with the detective show Vera.

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