Merry Christmas from Downings and from The Fishing Daily
I would like to wish everyone of you a Merry Christmas and hopefully as we leave 2020 behind us, 2021 will be a happy and prosperous year for each-and-every one of us.
2020 has been a year like no other, and hopefully there won’t be another one like it again.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our industry and communities hard. Whatever happens with Brexit is not going to make it any easier but as I always say, the fishing community is tough, a lot tougher than you think.
There has been lean times to endure. There has been governments and regulations to fight against, but fishing boats, fishing families and the fishing community is still here. There’s been the heartbreak for the loss of loved ones and friends, but still, the community returns to the sea. There is a relentless spirit that keeps going.
Sadly, this year again families and communities have faced the loss of loved ones. We spare a moment of thought and prayer for those we have lost and for their families, friends and communities.
We should also spare a thought for those who are alone this Christmas. Reach out and help make the difference.
You can contact Seafarers UK at https://www.seafarerhelp.org/en/ if you are in the United Kingdom.
If you are in Ireland find out more about the Samaritans at https://www.samaritans.org/ireland/samaritans-ireland/ or Pieta House at www.pieta.ie.
There are many more organisations and people always willing to help.
I’m taking myself off to the beach for a few days to top up the arctic tan but if there’s any important news I will keep you updated if I can tear myself away.
If you are at home enjoy the break.
If you’re still out a sea take care and get back home and dry.
See you all on the other side of Christmas.