Catcote Academy children display their creative side

Catcote Academy students (left to right) Charlie Anderson, Abbie-Leigh Thompson, Kim Wanng, Adrian Dougherty and Daniel Lyon with the glass art work they created for the "Follow The Herring" project
Catcote Academy students (left to right) Charlie Anderson, Abbie-Leigh Thompson, Kim Wanng, Adrian Dougherty and Daniel Lyon with the glass art work they created for the "Follow The Herring" project
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TALENTED children have been showcasing their creative side at an exhibition celebrating the fishing industry.

Pupils from Catcote Academy, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool, created a piece of glass art work to go on display at the Christ Church Art Gallery, in the centre of town.

The piece of art was on show as part of a wider exhibition called ‘Coat for a Boat’, part of the Follow the Herring project; a project of performance, song and visual arts. The exhibition - which explored themes associated with the fishing industry through a wide range of objects knitted by local groups and individuals - came to an end last Saturday.

Follow the Herring is touring the Eastern coast and combines performance, song and visual arts.

Project organisers wanted to work with various community groups to help make it a success and as well as children from Catcote Academy, they also recently worked with the Hartlepool Widow’s Friendship group who made knitted herring and starfish.

The Follow the Herring project also included a play celebrating the heyday of the herring industry, which was in town as part of a pioneering national tour.

Get Up and Tie Your Fingers is inspired by herring girls who followed the fleets from port to port, gutting, salting and barrelling the fish.

The show was on last week at the Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road.

The play takes its name from the women’s habit of binding their hands to protect them against knife cuts and is set against the Eyemouth fishing disaster of 1881, when 189 fishermen died in a severe storm and 20 boats were lost.