029130:Wooden Dolly North Shields c.1900


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  • KEVIN SWITHENBANK on June 18, 2022, 2:16 p.m.

    I remember as a very young kid standing waiting for bus next to the wooden dolly and two guys were carving their names on the dolly or so I thought, then me mam explained they were fishermen, and they were cutting a bit off the doll to take to sea with them, she would bring them luck so a good catch and safe return home was guaranteed, fishermen would carve bits of her in to miniature wooden dolls and make key rings out of them, it got so bad she had to moved then replaced eventually, with demise of the fishing fleet this stopped many decades back, but it was a nice tradition,

  • Simon Cotterill on June 22, 2022, 9:31 a.m.

    Thanks Kevin - really interesting to hear about that tradition!

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