A life-size depiction of a well known local character, whose life story is engraved on each side of the rough pebble and concrete pedestal. The laughing Dolly Peel is shown holding a basket, with a fish lying at her feet.
The fishwives of Tynemouth have a special place in local history and it was felt that there was no adequate memorial to them in South Shields. This sculpture of Dolly, a colourful semi-folkloric character, was commissioned by her distant relative Reg Peel, and unveiled on 29th April 1987 by Councillor Gladys Hobson.(1)
According to her history as recorded on the side of the pedestal, Dorothy (Dolly) Peel was a South Shields fishwife and smuggler in the early 1900s. There are numerous stories about how she helped men evade press gangs, eventually going to sea with her husband where she worked as a nurse. She was famous for her wit and poetry, and died aged 75 from bronchitis.
Front and rear metal plates: [the life story of Dolly Peel]
Lettering on metal plates on left and right sides of pedestal: DOLLY/ PEEL / 1782-1857 / THIS STATUE / WAS UNVEILED / BY / Cllr. GLADYS/ HOBSON / ON / 29th APRIL / 1987
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