Second year running for port heritage day

A tour of Shoreham Port as part of the Heritage Open Days 2015
A tour of Shoreham Port as part of the Heritage Open Days 2015

SHOREHAM Port welcomed a group of 30 visitors for a tour on Saturday as part of the national Heritage Open Days event.

Heritage Open Days is a four-day festival celebrating England’s local history and giving access to thousands of places usually closed to the public.

This year was the second year that Shoreham Port had welcomed visitors for a unique ‘behind the scenes’ tour.

The group, led by Tim Hague, property manager and Georgia Ellis, the port’s marketing and communications assistant, were shown around the Port by coach.

They started at Nautilus House before making their way over to the Port’s Operations Division.

The group were then able to leave the coach and walk along the terminal to the quay edge. From here, Tim pointed out the many businesses based at Shoreham and discussed the Port’s development plans for the future.

The tour then headed further along Basin Road South to Gate 8 where the pump house is located.

The visitors were allowed rare access inside the pump house to see the enormous impounding pumps in action. The tour then concluded with a walk over the lock gates and a look at Harbour Radio.

Resident Shirley Davies, who attended the tour, said: “I live locally and used to be a teacher so I am always interested in learning, especially about the area I live in.”

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