Special event exploring maritime history to raise money for dementia charity

Fishing trawlers in Lowestoft Port. An event raising money for Alzheimer's UK will give attendees th

Fishing trawlers in Lowestoft Port. An event raising money for Alzheimer's UK will give attendees the chance to hear about the towns historic fishing village. Picture: Archant Library

A mother and daughter will honour their family's links to Lowestoft's rich maritime history by hosting a special charity event.

'Trawl Through Time' is set to take place from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday, January 20, with all proceeds from the day going to Alzheimers UK.

Held in association with the Lowestoft Maritime Museum, the afternoon will present an opportunity for those in attendance to hear about the town's historic beach village, which was once home to a thriving fishing community.

Hosts Anita Marriott and her mother Sally decided to raise money for Alzheimer's UK, a charity whose work has been speaking volumes to the family since Anita's grandmother Evelyn Knights sadly died as a result of dementia.

The day's maritime theme stems from the family's fishing heritage, which started with Anita's great-grandfather and was passed down to her grandfather Daniel Knights.

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'We're lucky enough to have Colin Dixon from Lowestoft Maritime Museum coming down to give a talk about Lowestoft's old beach village and the fishing heritage of the North Denes area.

'There will the be an opportunity for people to ask questions and we'll also be looking to help the museum a favour as they search for new volunteers.'

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Lowestoft Maritime Museum is situated on Whapload Road and provides visitors with a taste of the town's journey from fishing village to thriving port.

The talk from Mr Dixon, who is the museum's president, will last around 45 minutes to an hour and will be followed be refreshments and a raffle containing locally funded prizes.

Anita and Sally hosted a similar event in November 2016 and hope this year's trip down Lowestoft's memory lane can successfully generate funds for a worthy cause.

'My nan passed away a few years back after having quite severe dementia, so Alzheimer's UK is a charity that is particularly close to our hearts,' added Anita.

The event does not require advance booking and the suggested donation is £3 for entry, refreshments and two raffle strips.

Visit the Facebook page for the event to find out more information.

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