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Scottish church hosts new remembrance service for lost fishermen

by Kelly Valencia

A special remembrance service honouring those who lost their lives while fishing at sea is set to take place at a church in Berwickshire.

The inaugural National Fishing Remembrance Day will be observed at Eyemouth Parish Church in the Scottish Borders region on Sunday.

Maritime charities, including the Fishermen's Mission, The Seafarers' Charity, and Stella Maris, have collaborated to organise the event, which will be replicated in coastal communities across the UK.

The service will be led by Donna Schwarz from The Fishermen's Mission, with the full support of parish minister, Rev Andy Haddow.

Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world and the Atlantic Ocean can be deadly, no more so than it was on 14 October 1881.

A severe storm struck the southern coast of Scotland and 189 fishermen tragically lost their lives close to the shore at Eyemouth.

A total of 129 of them were from the town and the tragedy is known as the Eyemouth Fishing Disaster.

The Fishermen's Mission, founded in response to the 1881 disaster, remains steadfast in its mission to provide support and care for fishermen and their families. Marc Evans, chief executive of the Fishermen's Mission, described the upcoming service as a poignant opportunity to honour the lives lost at sea and the enduring impact on families and communities.

"From experience, we know how every loss affects families, friends, and whole communities," he added.

"We know how this loss lingers from generation to generation.

"To finally have a national day that allows us to come together and remember so many fishermen who have lost their lives while bringing home the catch is momentous for everyone connected with fishing."

In addition to Eyemouth, services will also be held in Fraserburgh and Wick.


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