Tributes paid to 23 cocklers

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TODAY is the first anniversary of the Morecambe Bay cockling disaster in which 23 Chinese workers drowned.

The cockle pickers were swept to their deaths in rapidly rising tides off Hest Bank, Lancashire, on February 5 last year. They were harvesting cockles two miles out in an area known as Red Bank, where the tide comes in faster than a man can run.

Last night people gathered in Morecambe to pay tribute to the victims and to raise money for their families.