Final plaque commemorating Lowestoft fishermen now unveiled
PUBLISHED: 06:00 08 June 2015
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The final plaque of six memorials commemorating fishermen in Lowestoft who lost their lives during the First World War was unveiled aboard Lowestoft fishing smack the Excelsior.
Youngsters from schools across the town and students from Lowestoft Sixth Form College have been involved in the initiative as part of the Lowestoft Living Archive project.
After making a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Young Roots fund three years ago, the students oversaw the creation of the Lowestoft Living Archive website – an online archive of the town’s heritage.
And since July last year, plaques depicting artwork designed by various youngsters across the town have been installed in prominent locations around Lowestoft.
The first two plaques were unveiled at the railway station concourse last July, with further plaques installed in Sparrow’s Nest Gardens, on the statue of a fisherman in Asda car park and in Kensington Gardens.
And last Monday, the final plaque was unveiled aboard The Excelsior during a special ceremony.
East Point Academy student Tyler Moore designed the latest memorial and was present as it was unveiled.
The 15-year-old said: “It is quite a proud moment as this means so much to so many people.”
During the event, speeches were given by Sophie Jackson, on behalf of Lowestoft Living Archive and John Wylson, vice-president of the Excelsior Trust, with a poignant talk and poem from former Lowestoft fishermen and skipper Keith Mayall.
Suffolk county councillors Sonia Barker, Derek Hackett, Bert Poole and Keith Patience helped to fund the project from their locality budgets and some were present as the latest unveiling, along with the new chairman of Waveney District Council, Bruce Provan, who said: “I have followed this project and have been very impressed with what has been done.”
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