A Fleetwood fisherman who was one of the last surviving skipper owners has died.

Steve Welsh, overcame a childhood illness which left him disabled to achieve his dream of going to sea and then went further by becoming a skipper and owning his own boats. For many years he was chairman of the Fleetwood Inshore Fishermen’s Association, lobbying the Government to look out  for the beleaguered industry, latterly fighting to help small boats whose fishing grounds were affected by encroaching windfarms. Son Steve, “He only retired two years ago and that was become his fishing vessel had finally had enough “He could hardly walk five yards, he couldn’t strand straight and he couldn’t swim but he achieved a lot in the industry and was well respected. “He was one of the last surviving men of steel.” >click to read< 18:00

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