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Paul Shone

Paul belongs to: The Fishermen's Mission

Paul has been the Mission Man at North Shields Fish Quay since 2001. For him the work is a calling rather than a career.

Paul was interviewed by Carl Greenwood on 16 December 2005. The interview took place at North Shields Fishermen's Mission and lasted 14 minutes and 6 seconds.

Photograph of Paul Shone
Photograph of Paul Shone

Changes at the Fishermen's Mission

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"The centre, in the very near future, talking now Christmas 1995, or 2005, I should say, talking Christmas 2005, itís unlikely that we will be in this building in 12 months time"

The centre, in the very near future, talking now Christmas 1995, or 2005, I should say, talking Christmas 2005, itís unlikely that we will be in this building in 12 months time. Certainly the canteen will go very shortly- some time in the Spring or Summer, something like that- it will close. Because the need to feed the fishermen is no longer there and the vast majority of the people we are feeding are not members of the fishing community- that opens up a whole can of worms with VAT and charities commission and why weíre doing it and why weíre running the canteen and all sorts of thing. But it is also a problem with the legislation with catering. It takes an increasing amount of the mission manís time to deal with these things. And staffing it is a lot more difficult now- staff have to be trained and we have to pay for that and we have to have enough of them to do it and staff are expensive these days, and there isnít the turnover in the community, in the fishing community, to warrant keeping the canteen going.

The building as a whole has had its day- it needs a lot of money spending on it to bring it up to health and safety, environmental health and disabled access regulations so that has all got to be considered. And really, itís beginning to become a bit of a white elephant, a bit of a money hole. I have to put a lot of money in it just to keep it going, when we could do the job with a much smaller, much compact, much more compact office.

When they built this thing there was no such thing as cavity wall insulation, and there is no insulation within the building- itís a flat roof building and it costs an absolute fortune to run, to heat, especially this time of that year, all thatís got to be, you know, moneyís got to be found. And itís, itís hard work looking after, itís taking an increasing amounts of time that we really canít afford to spend on it.

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