ABP engineers shipshape for Newport’s Pillgwenlly Carnival

August 27, 2014

Engineers at Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Newport built a ship-shaped float for the port’s entry into the 2014 Pillgwenlly Carnival.

The port sponsored the community event, which had a maritime theme in honour of the centenary of the completion of the building of Newport’s historic South Dock. 

Starting at the port and winding through Pillgwenlly, the colourful parade featured a number of floats and walking entries, with the port sponsoring the prizes for the best floats. The Mayor of Newport judged the parade and awarded the 1st prize to The Royal Oak pub for their excellent replica of the Waverly paddle steamer.

The event finished at the Pillgwenlly Millennium Centre, where the ABP sponsored stage and marquee hosted live music and dance from performers including Celestine from The Voice 2014 and Lao's School of Dance.

Assistant Port Manager Chris Green said: “The port is proud to support the community in this fun annual event. It shows the importance of the relationship between the town and its port that the community has chosen to mark the centenary of the South Dock by putting a maritime theme at the heart of the 2014 carnival. Despite the rain it was fantastic to see so many members of the community line the streets for the carnival.

“The amount of work that had gone into the floats and costumes was really quite incredible and I must commend the engineers on their fine efforts on the port’s float.”

As it marks the centenary of the South Dock, the Port of Newport is in the midst of an extensive investment programme, with more than £10m new investment by ABP in the past 18 months. Together, the five ABP South Wales ports - Swansea, Port Talbot, Cardiff, Barry and Newport - contribute £1.4 billion to the UK economy annually and support 21,000 UK jobs.

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