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Shoreham Port ran their boat tours as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival this week, following the success of the Port’s participation last year. The Port also added an extra date separate to the Fringe to ensure that as many members of the public could be in with a chance of experiencing a behind-the-scenes tour.
As an open-access arts festival, Brighton Fringe provides the opportunity for members of the community to engage with local organisations and groups, making Brighton and the surrounding area a hub of culture and creativity during the month of May. This community spirit is reflected in the values of Shoreham Port who, as a Trust Port regularly engage with the local community.
On-board the passenger boat ‘Rossann’, the attendees embarked on a trip along the quay side of the canal and were able to see all the action on the terminals as well as some passing vessels. Visitors were also treated to complimentary hot drinks and ice-creams outside the Port’s Visitor Centre.
Each boat trip included live commentary from a member of the Shoreham Port team. The commentators shared their wide breadth of knowledge about the Port and its rich history, with staff from a variety of departments taking part, offering a range of perspectives.
Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive at Shoreham Port commented “Our Fringe boat tours provide a rare opportunity for us to share what goes on at Shoreham Port whilst taking in the action cruising along the canal. Being a Trust Port, we strive to be open and transparent with residents and stakeholders about what we do – the tours are a brilliant way for us to do this and they also provide an enjoyable day out for people of all ages.”
Andrew Tolman, local resident said ‘’I’ve grown up in Southwick and it was great to see the Port from another side and learn about the history of the site. It was also brilliant to get a glimpse at all the new developments currently underway. My kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves and they loved completing the ‘What can you see?’ puzzle on board the boat. Thank you very much Shoreham Port for such a memorable trip!’’
If you would like to find out more about what goes on behind-the-scenes at Shoreham Port, you can attend their Annual Public Meeting on Tuesday 21st May at The Barn Theatre in Southwick. This is a non-ticketed event and further information can be found on the events page of the Port’s website.