Hastings fishwives leading the way

Hastings contingent of The Fishwives Choir
Hastings contingent of The Fishwives Choir

A CHOIR comprised of women connected to the fishing industry is set to record a charity single in Hastings.

There are more choir members from Hastings than anywhere else, and from April 24 to 28, they will be joined by ladies from all over the country to record a single for The Fishermen’s Mission.

The choir was started by Jane Dolby, a mother of four, from Southend, who decided to raise funds for the charity which provided so much help to her following the loss of her husband.

Jane’s husband Colin died at sea after his fishing vessel was caught in a freak storm just off the Essex coast.

Around 60 women have now joined the choir from fishing regions all over the UK, and some of the production team from the now famous Military Wives choir are on board.

They have been rehearsing in local groups, and the recording in April will be the first time that all the members have come together.

The choir’s journey was filmed by the BBC for Inside Out East, to be broadcast on Monday (January 28). Footage will be posted online at www.facebook.com/thefishwiveschoir.