GAZETTE COMMENT: Community rallies round to support families

The deaths of two well-known fishermen, Mark Arries and Eddie Ide, have devastated all who knew and loved them.

The job brings with it many dangers, but the fact that the pair lost their lives while their boat was moored in a harbour is particularly cruel and tragic.

The fishing community is close-knit and Mark and Eddie had many friends in the industry.

Their sudden deaths have rocked the local fishing world to its core.

But one of the heartwarming aspects has been the response of the community, which has rallied around to support Mark and Eddie’s loved ones in the wake of the tragedy.

The fishermen have raised money to support the pair’s partners and children for the funeral and beyond while Amble Sea Angling Club has hinted at holding some kind of tribute for the young men.

The outpour of grief and messages of condolence on sites such as Facebook shows just how loved Mark and Eddie were, and one can only hope that this brings some comfort to their families.