The son of a North-east fisherman lost at sea has hit out at “insulting” plans for a memorial to honour those who worked and died in the industry.
Hugh Falconer, 66, says he is appalled with Aberdeen City Council’s mock-up sculpture, in particular because the fisherman appears to be wearing a cowboy hat and tight jeans.
Plans have been lodged by the local authority to have two statues – designed by artist David Williams-Ellis – erected at the Maritime Museum. The work, depicting a fisherman and woman, was commissioned on behalf of the Fishermen’s Memorial Working Group.
Hugh’s father David Falconer is one of the people the memorial will be honouring. Hugh was just 11 when David, 40, fell overboard from Aberdeen trawler the Sovereign on May 6, 1962, and was lost at sea.
Hugh, from Sauchen, said: “I have never seen a trawlerman or indeed any North-east fisherman with a cowboy hat, and what looks like tight jeans.
“When I posted the article on Facebook people were appalled – they didn’t know where the hat came from.”
He added: “I think it’s fantastic that a permanent memorial will be created to remember all the poor souls who have died at sea. However, there is only one thing worse than not having a memorial and that is having an inappropriate one, and what is being proposed is, in my opinion, an insult.”
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “The images are of the maquette, which are part of the sculptor’s preliminary model and sketches.
“The Fishermen’s Memorial Working Group, led by the Lord Provost, includes representatives who are actively involved in the preservation of North-east fishing heritage.
“The group and officers are also in regular communication with former trawlermen to update them and for feedback on the process.
“The artist has received support to ensure the historical accuracy of the work, including consultation and guidance from industry experts and curatorial staff in order that the final sculptures reflect the appropriate clothing style of the fishermen and fisherwomen of the North-east of Scotland.”