A SERVICE of remembrance for all lives lost working in fishing across the UK is to be staged in Berwickshire in May.

Fishing Remembrance Day is a day for reflection and commemoration and an opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of fishing as a profession to a wider audience and to remember those who have lost their lives at sea.

Donna Schwarz, a staff member of the Fishermen’s Mission supporting the fishing communities from Tranent to Alnwick, will lead a service at Eyemouth Parish Church  on May 12, from 10.30am.

For those living and working in local fishing communities it is hoped that this will become an annual focal point for remembrance and connection with the national fishing industry.

This period of remembrance will also provide an opportunity to focus on initiatives aimed at improving safety in commercial fishing.

Statistically fishing is one of the most dangerous professions in the UK with 11,000 people working on fishing vessels in a harsh and unpredictable environment to bring ashore much needed seafood.

Many fishing harbours have suffered tragedies and this National Fishing Remembrance Day will recognise and honour the loss of life.