Welwyn Garden City fisherman to be auctioned for charity
PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 February 2014
A treasured WGC icon which sparked alarm when it was binned last week will be sold at a charity auction after he was rescued and repaired.
The yellow-coated fisherman had stood outside Classic Fish and Chips, in Stonehills, for decades until last Tuesday when he was thrown out after being vandalised.
Andrew Symonds and James Hurt of Welwyn Garden City rescued the sowester-clad stalwart, who was a permanent fixture on the high street for more than 30 years, and took him home.
Over the weekend his snapped-off arm was reattached to his body.
The pair, who set up the Save the WGC Fisherman Facebook page, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to B&Q WGC and another massive thanks to Bennetts WGC for donating all of the materials needed to repair the fisherman.
"We want to do him up in memory of Lolly and raise some money."
“His arm has been reinforced with a wooden skeleton and foam to hopefully prevent further loss of this important limb.”
They now hope to refurbish the rest of the figure and auction him on March 21 at a fundraising evening in memory of Lolly Rae, who died last year aged five.
Cash raised will go to the Lister Hospital’s childrens’ ward.
Ideally they would like to see him back on the pavement outside the chip shop.
Andrew, 28, said: “We want to do him up in memory of Lolly and raise some money.”
All money raised will be donated to the Magical Play Appeal which is trying to raise £250,000 for a new playroom at the Lister Hospital.
The event will take place on March 21 at the Peartree Pub in Hollybush Lane.
For more on the fisherman’s travels and adventures turn to our Charlie Boy Meynard diary page.
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