Memorial Service at Marshside Fogbell
North Meols Civic Society held a Memorial Service to commemorate the Marshside Fishing Calamity of 1869.
The Service was held at the Fog Bell on Marshside Road on the anniversary of the funerals of the seven local men who lost their lives fishing for shrimps in the Ribble Estuary on the 26th January 1869.
The service was opened by the Chairman of the Society, Gladys Rimmer Armstrong and Society Founder, Ken Bridge, explained how the service also marked the commencement of the regeneration of the Fog Bell building which it is hoped to open as a local museum about the Marshside coast and fishing history.
Prayers were led by the Rev Irene Cowell, of the Marshside Parish Church of Emmanuel. Lord Ronnie Fearn of Southport and Mrs Jenny Houghton, both descendants of men who died in the Calamity, laid a wreath at the service.
North Meols Civic Society would like to hear from any local trades people who could assist in the regeneration, especially in the brickwork and joinery trades.
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