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Triple trawler tragedy unveiling ceremony

15th February 2018

In commemoration of the triple trawler tragedy The Marvell College were asked to contribute to the unveiling ceremony of a new monument in Valiant Drive.  

In January 1967, 3 fishing trawlers were lost to the sea in very quick succession. A single survivor made it home. The disaster triggered action to drastically improve safety regulations in the fishing industry which eventually changed the way the seafaring industries across the UK were conducted. This made the industry a safer workplace for all.   

It has been my huge privilege to work alongside a group of students to put together and perform some music for this occasion. We opened the event with a funky gospel rendition of Amazing Grace, written by John Newton, friend of William Wilberforce and himself in seafaring business. Then, as the Lord Mayor laid wreaths of remembrance, we sang the sea shanty Fiddlers Green, which speaks of the hope of a better place for seafarers after death.  

The young people's choir were absolutely professional in their approach and were a credit to their school and their community; their contribution being praised by all who attended. I very much look forward to working with The Marvell College's young people in project choirs in future. Thanks to Mrs Hamer for making this partnership possible.  

Kia Macpherson

St Philip's Church Musician & Believe in Hull Community Choir Director

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