Hundreds of people got a behind-the-scenes look at Shoreham Port at a two-day boat tour event.
The port held the event for the second year last week and the tours were fully booked with members of the public, school groups, community associations and business groups taking up the opportunity to see the busy port from the water.
The tours included live commentary from port staff and members of the team were on hand to answer questions and talk about life working for one of the South Coast’s busiest commercial ports.
Rodney Lunn, chief executive at Shoreham Port, said: “Thank you to everyone who came down to the port. It was great to see such enthusiasm for the port and to meet so many members of our local community, and those from further afield. The port is undergoing a significant period of development and it is great that we can share news of this with so many interested visitors.”
After the 45-minute boat tours, visitors were treated to a free ice cream and hot drink.The response to the tours was great, with passengers hailing it as a ‘great idea’ and giving it ‘ten out of ten’.
Children from Glebe Primary School in Southwick were among those who took to the water and they ‘absolutely loved it’.
Katie Orchin, the port’s marketing and communications executive, added: “We had a fantastic two days meeting many different members of our community, from school children to local residents who have lived by the port their whole life. We are really looking forward to an extended schedule of boat tours next year.”
The port also ran a social media photography competition, inviting visitors to upload their favourite photos from the day on Twitter or Facebook.
David Shampton won a £25 Amazon voucher for his image of a crane with a blue sky backdrop.
Brighton sales and lettings firm Parsons Son & Basley captured a picture of Basley, a snow dog sculpture, looking out over the harbour. Basley is part of a public art trail run by Martlets Hospice and Wild in Art. The port donated the £25 prize directly to the Hove-based hospice.
For information on next year’s port tours, visit www.shoreham-port.co.uk/events
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