Local heroes to open Barrow’s 150th anniversary parade

July 13, 2017

Image caption: Aerial shot of the Port of Barrow 2017

ABP’s Barrow team has named the two local heroes chosen to open the celebration parade which will be held on Sunday, 16 July, to mark the 150th anniversary of the Port ad Town of Barrow.
This marks the end of a search launched by ABP, which called on locals to nominate individuals who have contributed to the local community in order to raise the famous Michaelson Road Bridge on the day.

Due to the large volume of entries, which included many deserving individuals, there will be two joint winners who have done a great deal to make the town proud. The winners, Sonja Foster and Gavin Andrews have supported the town and the local charities in more ways than one.

Gavin, who is Operations Manager working for Dong Energy, has raised more than £40K for the North West Air Ambulance, while Sonja has raised funds for the Brathay Trust by running 10 marathons in 10 days for three years in a row.

As part of the celebrations, a commemorative plaque will be unveiled on Town Quay at 13:15, followed by speeches by Tony Callister, The Mayor of Barrow, Andrew Harston, ABP’s Port Director and Carl Bevan, Port Manager of ABP’s Ports in the North West.

Carl Bevan, ABP Divisional Port Manager, said: “I would like to congratulate the joint winners and thank them for their incredible contributions to the local community. I believe that they will do the port and town proud as they kick-off celebrations at this special event.

“At Barrow, we are proud to have played a key role in the economic prosperity of the town for the past 150 years and are committed to supporting Barrow’s vibrant local community. Together with our sister Port of Silloth, we contribute around £100m to the region’s economy and support more than 1,500 jobs.”

Live music by local bands will animate the day. Families will also be able to enjoy additional fun activities, including face-painting, a bouncy castle, a wide selection of local food and craft stalls and displays from companies with connections to the port and town.