Withernsea heralds in fantastic new fish trail and crab sculpture

Fri, 20 Mar 2020

A new fish trail has been launched in Withernsea after students from Withernsea Primary School embarked on the project to create illustrated plaques at 12 points around the town.

A six-foot high crab sculpture by local sculptor Emma Stothard has also been launched, with the projects funded by the Holderness Coast Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) using European Maritime and Fisheries Fund money and East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The fish trail features both stone and metal plaques - carved by sculptor and stone carver Stephen Carvill and the metal plaques produced by Charles Campbell. All illustrate local fish and shellfish such as crab, thornback ray, lobster, whiting and king scallop.

The crab sculpture - which is located on the Promenade at the corner of the Memorial Gardens - marks the start and finish of the exciting and informative trail.

The project originated in 2015 when students at Withernsea Primary School were inspired to create a fish trail for their town, and contacted Withernsea Town Council requesting one, giving them the initial concept and artwork.

James Wood, chair of the Holderness Coast FLAG, said: "The new sculpture trail has been a fantastic example of local collaboration, bringing together school children, artists and Holderness FLAG partners to deliver a real celebration and showcase of Withernsea's fishing heritage."

Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for local economic growth and prosperity at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "We are delighted that this project has come about through such initiative and creativity, and we are absolutely honoured to have helped fund it with FLAG so that visitors can really see the diversity of the fish and shellfish that is caught on the coast by local fishermen."

Maps have been produced pinpointing all 12 plaque locations on the trail, and can be picked up at various locations around the town.

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