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Popular King's Lynn fisherman remembered by his loving grand-daughter

A granddaughter fondly remembers her grandfather, a Lynn fisherman who sadly passed away last week.

EC Castleton, was otherwise known as ‘Jim’ or ‘Little Jim’ by the fishing community. He was one of the remaining North Enders and was a devoted and talented fisherman in Lynn for more than 55 years.

Mr Castleton came from a long line of fisherman, a trade which as been passed down throughout many generations. He continued his legacy by teaching the trade to his son, and then on to his son’s son, as has been done in the family for generations.

Jim Castleton, a popular fisherman known as 'Little Jim' is remembered by his family (46680395)
Jim Castleton, a popular fisherman known as 'Little Jim' is remembered by his family (46680395)

The popular fisherman never failed to enjoy a good night out at the Regis Rooms and at the Conservative Club, where he enjoyed a dance, and a pint of ‘Manns & Mild’ with his friends.

His granddaughter, Amber Back, said: “Many funny stories came from these nights, such as when he came home after a night out, decided to hang his suit jacket up, but instead of hanging just the jacket he also put himself in the wardrobe whilst wearing it!

“He had a great sense of humour, a valuable trait when spending countless hours fishing at sea. He often told a story of falling overboard, when his father humorously reacted with ‘What the hell are you doing over there?’

“Both Jim and his father shared this laid-back personality and humour, which must have been one of the Castleton secrets for a good catch.”

Miss Back said: “Jim was a compassionate and gentle being, never having a bad word to say about anybody. He never complained, even after the longest days at sea.

“He loved his wife (Patricia Castleton) beyond words and would do absolutely anything for her. Jim later became Pat’s carer when she was in need of support. Jim ensured he made it known how much he loved his family whenever he saw them. He was an amazing and loving person who will be incredibly missed.

"He was a fighter and beat Covid19 last year."

“Jim was a true North Ender, who leaves a great legacy for all he did for the fishing community in Kings Lynn. An inspiration to all.”

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