Help save Henry Blogg’s old Cromer fishing boat by buying pictures and pieces of it
10:56 12 June 2014
Archant Norfolk 2014
This Friday marks 60 years since the death of Cromer’s legendary lifeboatman Henry Blogg.
He won more bravery awards than any RNLI rescuer before or since during more than half a century of seafaring service.
But he was also part of a fishing family whose relatives still harvest the local waters for crab and lobster.
And campaigners are currently appealing for public funds to save part of Henry’s workaday fishing boat.
Special photographs of the boat in its current, dilapidated state are being sold for the cause.
And soon people will be able to buy pieces of the boat itself with certificates of authenticity and branded marks.
For only the front part of his old hoveller, the Q J and J, can be saved because of the amount of rot that set in as she sat awaiting restoration.
The rest is being sawn up for souvenirs as volunteers seek to raise £10,000 to turn the bow end of the vessel into a heritage reminder of Mr Blogg’s “day job”.
It will be placed next to the hero’s sou’wester-wearing bust which looks out over the sea from North Lodge Park.
One of the campaigners Duncan Abel said they already had £5,000 from previous private donations during a previous rescue attempt which was dropped by the town council as costs escalated, and lost its grant funding.
The evocative black and white photographs are on sale via the Cromer office of the EDP and North Norfolk News at 31 Church Street (next to Jarrold) and the town’s information centre off the Meadow car park .
They are £45 for a 16in by 12in framed version (£35 unframed) or £25 for an 8x6 print (£20 unframed.)
The boat pieces will cost £5.
Call the EDP/News office for more information on 01263 513232.