Thousands descend on Port of Hull to celebrate centenary of King George Dock

June 23, 2014

More than 5,000 people visited the Port of Hull on Saturday (21 June) to celebrate the centenary of King George Dock.

The event, which was organised by Associated British Ports (ABP), was opened by current Mayor of Hull and Admiral of the Humber Councillor Nadine Fudge, who was accompanied by Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Mary Glew.

Thousands of visitors were able to enjoy a range of activities including tours of King George Dock by pilot launch, bus trips around the port estate, chances to explore P&O’s cruise ferries as well as live bands, fairground rides, mini boats, wind turbine and crane simulators, and opportunities to get aboard the HMS Explorer and the dredger UKD Orca.

ABP Director Humber John Fitzgerald felt the event was a huge success.He said: “This open day was very much about celebrating the port’s history but it was also about looking to the future, following what has been a tremendous year for the port and for the city.

“We wanted to mark the occasion by inviting the people of Hull onto the port to celebrate with us and see for themselves how important this city and these Humber ports are to UK trade. It was an absolutely fantastic event and the hundreds of smiling faces on the day said it all.”

More than 150 people took advantage of the pilot launch tours, during which they were able to see the MV Cinnamon, the largest vessel ever to visit King George Dock, as she discharged 25,000 tonnes of biomass. The tours also took visitors into the port’s All-Weather Terminal, built in 1996 and the first facility of its kind to allow ships carrying climate-sensitive cargo to unload under cover.More than 2,000 people visited P&O’s Pride of Hull to explore the vessel, take in a show and enjoy the duty free retail outlets.

Brothers Jay and Kaden Noble of Holderness Road were taken to the Open Day as a surprise by their parents, as Jay (8) explained: “We didn’t know we were coming, but when we got here all I could say was ‘Woah!’. It was brilliant. I really enjoyed getting on the boats and I especially liked the navy ship.”

Kaden (7) preferred the ferry tours. He said: “I really liked the ferry. The show was the best and now I want to be a dancer on ships.”

All of ABP’s King George Dock 100 activities are helping to raise fund for its Charity of the Year, Marfleet Primary School, which is located close to the Port of Hull and was originally established to educate the children of dockworkers.Despite continuing to provide a first-rate education for the children of the local area, the school is struggling to accommodate its 178 pupils in a tiny Victorian building sandwiched between industrial units.

ABP wants to help the school build a much-needed extra classroom and has set itself the task of raising £50,000 to enable it to expand. As well as the Open Day the company has organised a raft of other fundraising activities as part of its KGD 100 celebrations.A group of ABP staff, customers and suppliers recently completed a Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and upcoming activities include a temporary exhibition at Hull’s Maritime Museum, a charity clay pigeon shoot, a football tournament, golf day and a lunch for former employees.To donate online visit www.justgiving.com/archbishopsentamuacademy 

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