The Creel Loaders
Artist: Gardner Molloy
Location: Victoria St
It is appropriate that this statue should follow the above entry as it also honours the town’s fishing community, with emphasis on the part played by the unsung women of the days of the Herring industry in Dunbar. They baited the lines and when the catch was landed, they sold the fish in the town and further afield, reputedly as far as Lauder, using the Old Herring Road through the Lammermuir Hills. Fashioned from sandstone, The Creel Loaders is six foot high and is comprised of three figures, two male fishermen loading a creel on a fishwife’s back, with two cats in attendance. (The cats commemorate the site once known as The Cat’s Row). A solid structure, it has a distinctly East European appearance – physical power being the theme illustrating the hard life endured by the fishing community. The Creel Loaders was the brainchild of the Dunbar Shore and Harbour Neighbourhood Group. The attractive base surround was designed and installed by P & K Landscape, North Berwick .
Gardner Molloy (1964) was born in Harefield, Middlesex and moved to Port Seton at age 2. A stonemason and sculptor Gardner freely admits his work is inspired by the heart in conjunction with the head. He is well known in East Lothian in general and Dunbar in particular, with several works to his credit. These are the dry stone bench at Victoria Harbour in memory of the late, well-loved GP Dr Tom Badger who served the community for 30 years; the John Muir Stone outside John Muir’s Birthplace, High Street marks the start/end of the John Muir Way opened in April 2014; an earlier inscribed limestone at Middlemass Road, Lochend Woods in memory of John Muir inscribed ‘Happy the man to whom every tree is a friend’; a lobster image carved at Cromwell Quay near the Old Harbour; and the carved sandstone base supporting the recent information board illustrating the history of the Parish Church, Queen’s Road Gardner Molloy lives in Cockenzie, East Lothian.
The Statue sits near to the old Methodist church which was recently purchased and is being restored into an art and music venue.