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The Leadley Family

Mathew Leadley, fisherman - lost in the 1861 lifeboat disaster.

His son, Mathew, continued the fishing tradition , as did his son, also Mathew, who was born in 1893.

Matt, as he was better known, married Hilda Rose Greenwood in 1919, the daughter of a master baker, who adapted willingly to the hard work of a fisherman's wife. He acquired the first M.V. Success, a name which was passed on to several boats owned by the family during the 20th century. It was from this boat that the record breaking 851 lb tunny fish was caught by Mitchell Henry in 1933.

Their son, Jim, was born in 1920, and he followed the family tradition, taking up fishing in spite of his County School education, until enlisting in the Royal Navy as a stoker at the outbreak of World War 2. After coasts, Jim was commissioned as a Lieutenant and served aboard the landing- craft carrier, Prins Albert, which took part in the D-day landings and the night landings on Japanese held islands. The Prins Albert was one of the first ships to enter Singapore after the Japanese surrender.

Jim was demobilised in 1946 and returned to the family fishing boat, working for his father until his retirement, and taking full control following Matt's death in 1961. He then went on to adopt new and innovative ideas to fishing, and his success encouraged other skippers to follow his example.

He was instrumental in bringing about the formation of the NFFO, and in 1970 was appointed chairman. He was later elected on to the White Fish Authority Advisory Committee following his retirement in 1980, where his ideas were highly regarded, and his commitment to the fishing community was recognized in 1983 when he was awarded the MBE. As he said on handing the 'Success' over to his son, "I came ashore - not to retire".

Jim died in 2002, but his grandsons still continue the family tradition.