Paul belongs to: The Fishermen's Mission
Paul has been the Mission Man at North Shields Fish Quay since 2001. For him the work is a calling rather than a career.
Paul was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 16 December 2005. The interview took place at North Shields Fishermen's Mission and lasted 14 minutes and 6 seconds.
What does the sea mean to you?
"To me? I hate it. I hate being at sea"
To me? I hate it. I hate being at sea. I go across the ferry to go to South Shields and Iíve had enough- Iím quite happy to get off. I go out when Iíve got to scatter ashes and I take particular notice of the weather and if itís going to be very rough, Iím making sure several days before Iím checking the weather, making sure Iím taking seasick pills and whatever, and I just hate being at sea. It, why anybody would want to go out there to work, I donít know, never mind going out there for pleasure, but people do. People love it- I am no mariner, and never pretended to be. But people do love it, it is, there is a romantic notion about the sea- I donít share it personally but I know a lot of people do and a lot of fishermen would never do anything thing else, because thatís what they want to do, they want to be fishermen, they love being out there. They enjoy the solitude and nature, thereís an awful lot to see out there- they love the sunsets, the sunrises, the weather, the changes, even the storms. Many of them enjoy being in a storm- whether itís the challenge of being against it, I donít know. But to me personally, itís alright for a paddle, itís okay on a flat, calm day twice around the lighthouse and back in time for tea, but I donít want to go out there any more than I have to.
Paul has 12 memories in the memorynet:
Paul's memories with a Danger theme:
- How the Mission serves the fishing community
- The True Cost of Fishing
- Fishermen's Mission display
- Memorials to fishermen lost at sea
Paul's other memories: