Shoreham Port will be saying a very fond farewell to a highly valued long serving employee this week when Alan Poole retires from his position as Engineering General Foreman and Dive Team Supervisor. Alan is pictured far left working on the refurbishment of the Dry Dock gates last year with Don Butcher. The gates refurbishment was one of a huge list of major and minor projects he has successfully seen through to completion over the 27 years he has worked at the Port.
Alan is a local family man who grew up in Brighton and has lived in the city for the whole of his life. Alan has an amazingly wide variety of interests outside of work many of which relate to his highly developed skills in all things mechanical and constructional. Hobbies include making and flying model aircraft, scuba diving, DIY, car maintenance and clay pigeon shooting. Alan is also a keen globe trotter, visiting many parts of the world and diving on coral reefs, especially along the coasts of Egypt.
Tony Parker, Director of Engineering, said, "Everyone at the Port would naturally miss anyone who has been a valuable member of the team for as long as Alan, but many of us feel that this particular colleague and friend is genuinely almost irreplaceable. The way that Alan combines his deep knowledge of all aspects of the Port with such a wide range of skills has been an immense asset for us over many, many years."
Garry Bedson a local Shoreham man who has been employed at the port since April 1992 has recently been promoted from Stevedoring Operative to Stevedoring Supervisor. In his new role, Garry will be responsible for overseeing the discharging and loading of cargoes throughout the various port authority quays. Garry said, "I'm looking forward to the additional responsibility, and enjoy being part of such a good spirited team."