The Final Phase: the Return to the Sea
Since the 10th anniversary commemorations in 2014 I have gradually returned the pieces to the sea. Within one or two days the pieces sink into the sand where they will eventually breakdown and become part of Morecambe Bay and later the ocean.
My plan is to return two pieces the sea each year on or around the anniversary of the tragedy and I shall continue to do this for 23 years from the date of the disaster. This will mean that the final piece will be returned to the sea in 2027, if I am not alive others will do it for me. Sometimes I do this alone and sometimes others are with me. This year I was accompanied by the producers of 'Aftermath' for Radio 4.
This image shows the pieces for Lin Lishu and Xie Xiaowen when they were returned to the sea on February 5th 2015. The sinking was off the shore at Bolton le Sands within sight of Priests Skeer the sandbank where the cocklers were stranded.
Previously returned to the sea were the pieces for Cao Chaokun, Wang Xiuyu, Lin Zhifang and Lin Guohua. In 2016 Lin Guogang and Chen Muyu and in 2017 Lin Youxing and Wu Honkang.
In this way the cockle pickers are commemorated and the need to abolish modern day slavery is not forgotten.