Following almost ten years of dedicated fundraising, spectacular fishermens’ statue Man & Boy was finally revealed in Brixham at 1pm on Saturday 26th November.
The life-sized bronze statue, created by local sculptress Elisabeth Hadley then cast in bronze by Castle Fine Arts Foundry in Shropshire, will commemorate lives lost at sea and celebrate Brixham’s fishing heritage.
It will also offer local families who have lost or buried loved ones at sea a peaceful place to reflect and remember.
Large crowds gathered to join 110 invited guests on the quayside and roads around the harbour to watch the ceremony which took place during the port’s Lanterns, Lights and ‘Luminations festive weekend.
Following a welcome by FISH charity Chairman Miriam Pynn, former Area Superintendent of the SW Fishermens Mission Len Scott (whose suggestion to Miriam sparked the project back in 2007) performed the unveiling, removing a navy spinnaker sail (sponsored by Spex Opticians, Brixham and Dart Sails).
The blustery November wind couldn’t dampen spirits as current Superintendent John Anderson then blessed and dedicated the statue in a moving sermon.
The life-sized Man & Boy statue cost £76,000 and is set to become an iconic fixture on Brixham’s King’s Quay.
Following the ceremony the invited guests, including High Sheriff of Devon Angela Gilbert, Torbay Council Chairman Cllr Ray Hill, sculptress Elisabeth Hadley and Guest of Honour Len Scott, moved up to the Berry Head Hotel for a buffet and celebration.
Further speeches were made thanking everyone in the community who helped bring the project to fruition, including businesses, individual donors and groups such as Brixham Town Council (whose Community Project grant pushed the fund over the finishing line in October) and the Riviera Walkers, who raised over £10,000 for the project.
Guests were then treated to a few rousing shanties by local crew Missin’ Tackle before the celebration closed at 4.30pm.
The FISH Committee are extremely grateful to everyone who helped turn the dream of a fishermens’ statue for Brixham into reality; following the ceremony Chairman Miriam Pynn laid a wreath on the ‘deck’ area of Man & Boy, and hoped that other families who had suffered losses at sea would visit the sculpture to remember their loved ones.
All photos are credited to Chris Slack.Follow