Public given vote on memorial design

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SOME smile and wave, others look apprehensive, resigned.

The design by Peter Wallwork Naylor is one of five which have gone on show at Hull Maritime Museum. The public now has until January 6 to decide which they want to see as the centrepiece of a long-awaited trawlermen’s memorial.

It follows the furore over the abstract “silent bell” centrepiece for the £250,000 memorial in Hull, which was slated as meaningless and an “insult” to the fishing industry.

Other contenders include Carl Payne’s dynamic sculpture of a fishermen straining to pull in nets, while Sculpture Works proposes a series of sculptures, including a figure “holding onto a boat and the memory of lives lost at sea.”

Chairman of fishing heritage group Stand, Ron Wilkinson, said: “The calibre of designs submitted to us for the competition is fantastic, and we are delighted to be able to now share them with the public. Ultimately, their views will determine the final selection of the preferred design for the pivotal piece. We are now starting to move closer to the completion of the memorial which will provide a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the fishing industry.”