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Celebrity sculptures up for auction

Updated: Mar 19, 2019

National charity the Fishermen’s Mission is auctioning off a haul of hand painted ceramic sculptures by national artists and celebrities including Fern Britton, Alan Titchmarsh, Caroline Quentin and Jonathan Dimbleby.

‘Catch of the Day’ will run online from Thursday 16th May to Sunday 19th May and includes nearly 100 sculpted fish which have been hand painted by different individuals. Measuring around 35cm high by 35cm wide, the artworks are said to be the perfect dimensions for a coffee table, sideboard or book case!

From the beginning of March to the end of April, many of the completed fish will be on view in prominent, reputable establishments all over the UK, such as restaurants and community venues.

Presenter and author Fern Britton is one of the celebrities that put paint to brush, saying: “I decided to wrap my fish in newspaper to remind me of my childhood when I would queue on a Friday night after Judo (yes Judo) to collect a newspaper-wrapped portion of juicy cod and chips. The heat of the fish on the inky paper added to the fragrance of my supper.

“When I was approached by the Fishermen’s Mission about ‘Catch of the Day’ I just knew I had to be part of this unique campaign - not only to raise money, but also to create national awareness of the everyday challenges and dangers our UK fishermen regularly face to get fish on our plate.”

To find where ‘Catch of the Day’ will be displayed, or to bid for any of the beautifully painted fish, visit and look out for regular updates on social media.

Established in 1881, the Fishermen’s Mission is the only national charity that works solely with fishermen and their families.

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