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Tribute to Boston fishermen in Lincolnshire oak

A unique carving as a tribute to Boston fishermen is nearing completion.

The labour of love has been undertaken by Boston and South Holland Wood Carvers and has been in development for a year.

Originally the carving was to be a tribute to the lost fishermen who sailed from Boston at the outbreak of the First World War and were killed or taken prisoner.

But it has now been expanded to honour all of Boston's fishermen, past and present.

It is hoped to have it in position in the B&M and Police Station area by November, to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

The carving is made from Lincolnshire green oak and features five interlinked panels with imagery reflective of the fishing industry and Boston's maritime history - a Boston trawler, a cod, ship's wheel and seagull, lifebuoy ring and some descriptive words - plus a carved finial bringing the total height to just over 1.5 metres (higher than 5 feet with a base and the finishing touch on top).

The wood carving group was originally set up with help from Transported, the Boston and South Holland arts organisation, and the group was fortunate enough to be offered some space at Boston Stump to complete their work under public gaze at weekly sessions. Previous examples of the group's work can be seen at Witham Way Country Park.

Funding for tools and materials has come from Waynflete Charitable Trust, Boston Big Local and Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC).  The project is also supported by The Fishermen's Mission, who are planning to hold annual memorial services near the commemorative carving.

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Janice Charles, Pete Henson, Suesan Brown, Iain Braid, Jane Kay, Dan Hold, John Goodwin and Dereck Harvey with the main body of the carved memorial

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Two of the Boston and South Holland Wood Carvers in Boston Stump

Boules donated to woodcarvers to convert into malletts Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Bowls donated to woodcarvers to convert into mallets