In 2017 Fleetwood Town Council proudly took over the custodianship of the two memorials in the port which recall the trawlermen who lost their lives in the hunt for fish.
Relatives and members of the public met for a handover ceremony at the Lost Trawlermen Memorial beside the Asda store on Dock Street which involves the funnel of the trawler Goth – trawled up and returned to Fleetwood nearly 50 years after the ship was lost. The council has also adopted the Fishing Community Memorial on the Promenade near the Lower Lighthouse.
Councillors agreed to take on the two iconic memorials after a request by volunteers who created and cared for them. Volunteer David Pearce thanked the councillors and thanked Fleetwood people who have raised money for maintenance – particularly the Fishermen’s Reunion Committee.
Councillor Terry Rogers, Chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, said: “Fleetwood has a proud heritage, and we should honour that and do our best to tell the story of that history to future generations.” He thanked the volunteers for their work in creating and maintaining the sites.