When I saw this - post - about Freddie Gilroy on Diane's Heart Shaped blog I knew it 'rang a bell' although I hadn't seen the sculpture featured on her blog it looked and felt familiar. When we were up on the Yorkshire coast at the end of April we visited the lovely little town of Filey and on the cobble is the sculpture below.
We thought it was wonderful and it was attracting quite a few people. The detail in the 12ft high steel sculpture is incredible.
I loved the textures in the fisherman's face and the way he was placed firmly in the landscape, looking out to sea. A fitting tribute to all those brave souls who ventured out every day to provide fish for our tables. It is also depicts the decline in the area's fishing industry.
I also loved the rat trying to pinch the wrapped fish at the fisherman's feet.
The sculpture is by Ray Lonsdale and called High Tide in Short Wellies and was given to the town of Filey by local resident Maureen Robinson who also gave the statue of Freddie Gilroy and the Belsen Stragglers by the same artist to the town of Scarborough.
There is a poem and a tribute at the base of the sculpture which were hard to read as they had weathered somewhat and the sun was at the wrong angle but I have done some 'googling' and found the words so I've pasted them below.
‘A high tide in short wellies’
That’s it for me, I’ll see you later.
Gonna wrap this catch in protective paper,
Gonna face the sea with a thousand mile stare
And wish that I was floating there
In its summertime.
Down on the pier I saw a man with a board
It read ‘the end is near, accept your lord.
Then underneath this some fisherman wrote.
‘I can see the end from the back of my boat
‘This is wintertime.
I wish to donate the sculpture to the people of Filey, and to dedicate it to my dear husband Michael, to celebrate his 76th birthday (9 February 2012)
What a lovely tribute and such generosity to give two wonderful sculptures to be enjoyed by the residents and many visitors to both Scarborough and Filey.