What Has STAND Done?

STAND – The St. Andrews Dock Heritage Park Action Group was
founded in 1989 with the demise of the Hull Fishing Industry, for the purpose
of maintaining the heritage of what was once the largest fishing port in the
world, to provide a permanent Memorial to Hull’s Lost Trawlermen and to retain
the social spirit of the Fishing Community.
From an original idea by founder member John Crimlis who teamed up with
local historian Alec Gill, between them they organised the first Lost
Trawlermen’s Day Service and subsequently formed STAND using the name of
the old St. Andrews Fish Dock.
STAND has since its inception organized and sponsored the annual winter
Memorial to Lost Trawlermen Service which commemorates the loss of
hundreds of ships and thousands of trawlermen. The open air event at the
traditional St. Andrews Dock attracts attendance of between 600 – 800 people
and is organised in co-operation with the KHCC Events Team.
This event is the only time relatives of those lost, can collectively pay their
respect to their loved ones who never returned and have no resting place.
A summer service to all Seafarers is also held annually in July at which STAND
assist the organiser, Rev. Tony Cotson, STAND’S Chaplain and Vicar of the
Church of St. John’s the Baptist, in St. Georges Road, Hull.
The maritime attraction “Arctic Corsair” Hull’s last side winder trawler berthed
on the River Hull is managed by STAND volunteers in partnership with the
owners Kingston upon Hull City Council. The group provide year long voluntary
maintenance and seasonal (April to Nov) tour guide personnel for this project
allowing the public to experience how life was onboard a deep sea trawler.
The Arctic Corsair also has an associated shore based facility, again manned by
STAND volunteers, which is an important educational tool used by local
schools, groups, and the general public. The volunteers provide invaluable
social history about an Industry that was once the areas largest employer, and
highlights the role the Community played in such a successful trade.
On the social side, STAND organises evenings of entertainment throughout the
year. In the main these functions successfully raise valuable funds, but just as
importantly they engage and regenerate the Community spirit.
Families associated with the Fishing Community, old friends and shipmates,
meet up and enjoy a night of great entertainment and nostalgia.
In 2002 through the generosity of the public STAND raised funds of almost
£27,000 to create and commission the St. Andrews Memorial Books Project.
These books compiled in handwritten calligraphy contain an accurate and
pictorial register detailing the thousands of fishermen who were lost whilst
sailing from the Port of Hull. Since completion these books have been exhibited
at the Hull Town Dock’s Museum. The books are displayed to show day by day,
the vessels and men lost on those particular dates. An integrated computerized
touch screen systemalso allows digital access to the data.
With the many tragedies that beset the fishing community there has always
been calls for, and the need to deliver, a permanent Memorial to Hull’s Lost
Trawlermen. One of STAND’S constitutional objects is to create a fitting
commemorative place worthy of those who gave their lives.
In 2003 STAND embarked on a fundraising campaign to deliver such a
Memorial. In 2008 the Fund reached a significant milestone of One Hundred
Thousand Pounds. This figure was achieved thanks to unprecedented
generosity of the general public and a campaign backed by the Hull Daily Mail.
On 6th March 2009 STAND became an Unincorporated Charitable
Organisation registered with the Charity Commission # 1128457 thereby
increasing their Memorial fundraising capability.
From August 2010 the stages of design and development, experienced difficult
times with disappointing delays leading to increased financial cost.
In June 2015 with the project entering the construction stage measures were
taken to reduce costs in order for the Project to maintain financial
sustainablity. The initial estimated total figure for completion of such a project
was in the region of two hundred and fifty thousand pounds. (£250,000)
Due to limits attached to STAND’S unincorporated charitable status the group
cannot carry out contractual agreements in their own right, and therefore the
Memorial Project is partly administrated and financially aided by Kingston upon
Hull City Council with all contracts being negotiated by them on behalf of
STAND.
In April 2014 a Memorial Funding Agreement was set up between STAND and
KHCC into which STAND paid as required installments of funding which allowed
the scheme to progress. In June 2015 a major contribution by STAND was
made into the Funding Agreement Account to be made available for the
construction of the Memorial and development of the site. To date the project
is not fully funded and initiatives to rectify this shortfall are ongoing.
Throughout the life of the project a number of setbacks have been
experienced. The preferred Memorial site has always been located on the old
Fish Dock (St. Andrews Dock) now a retail shopping park with attractive
frontage to the River Hull, the seaway which so many trawlers transited when
embarking from their home port on their trips to the Arctic Fishing Grounds.
Initially the East end of the dock area with lock gates leading to the river was
earmarked as the preferable site, regrettably this area was never developed
and fell into disrepair over a period of four decades.
Due to Health & Safety regulations and insurance difficulties, in 2010 STAND
had to seek a safer alternative location.
In 2010 permission was sought by STAND from the then owners of the retail
park to use a river front area to the West of the original site but still within
what was the old fish dock limits. This site was agreed and planning for the
Memorial design and construction began. Unfortunately since that time the
retail park ownership has been held by three further individual consortiums
which has resulted in delays and renegotiation with each.
Additionally, the first overall ‘Garden of Remembrance’ design failed to gain
support of the general public due to the uninspiring memorial focal point, even
though it was granted planning permission by the Hull City Council Planning
Committee in 2015.
With a change of Committee at the June 2015 STAND AGM a new memorial
design competition was launched at which the general public registered their
preference, resulting in a design by local artist Peter Naylor being declared the
overwhelming winner.
The new design, rightly chosen by the people of Hull, designed by a local man,
and will be constructed by the local firm of W. Cambell, and financed courtesy
of the generous funds donated by the people of Hull.
A planning application with a new focal point design was submitted to KHCC
planning on 13
th
May 2016, and a non material amendment planning
application in respect of this new design was agreed by Hull City Planning on
13
th
June 2016 allowing the project to move forward.
Due to necessary flood defence work by the Environment Agency along the St.
Andrews Retail Park including the Memorial site a further delay to the
completion of the Memorial is now inevitable.
Seeking a solution to this dilemma it has been determined that a two phase
plan, ‘interim’ and ‘integrated’ will take place. The ‘interim’ plan will allow
STAND to landscape the Garden of Remembrance area and install the pivotal
(memorial) piece, allowing it to be in place temporarily (in its permanent
place) on the 12
th
February 2017, for Lost Trawlermen’s Day Service.
Incorporated into the event will be a blessing of the Memorial Figures by the
Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu will take place.
When the EA are ready to carry out their flood defence work in 2017/18 the
pivotal piece will to be temporarily removed. The EA have agreed to integrate
their work into the final Memorial design at which time the figures (pivotal
piece) will be replaced.
If everything goes to plan STAND hope to have the Garden of Remembrance
complete with the central Memorial figures in place by early 2018.