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Groups support fishing project

Members of Hartlepool Widows Friendship group making fish for the Follow the Herring art project

Members of Hartlepool Widows Friendship group making fish for the Follow the Herring art project

A MUSIC and arts project that celebrates the country’s fishing heritage is coming to Hartlepool.

Follow the Herring will tour the Eastern coast and combines performance, song and visual arts.

Project organisers are working with communities to help make it a success.

They recently worked with the Hartlepool Widow’s Friendship group who made knitted herring and starfish.

Work made by local supporters will feature in an exhibition that will form part of the tour and will come to Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre and Art gallery in June.

Craft enthusiasts can add to the collection when project leaders visit the Museum of Hartlepool, on Saturday, May 17, from 11am-2pm.

Adults and children are invited to go along and make a fish for the exhibition and also to take home.

Project organisers also paid a visit recently to Hartlepool Fish Quay where they were shown a book from 1939 belonging to the ‘herring lassies’ recording all the fish that was sold there.

The Headland History Group and Catcote School have also been involved.

A spokesman said: “We’re inviting communities with maritime connections to get together and explore the binding themes of sea, community and survival.”

 

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