Pupils from St Nicolas & St Mary’s CofE Primary in Shoreham and Eastbrook Primary Academy in Southwick headed to Shoreham Port last Friday morning for a naming ceremony of the two wind turbines located on the seaward side of the Outer Lay-by Terminal, off Basin Road South.
After a competition in the autumn last year, the wind turbines were named Spinny (to the East) and Gusty (to the West). Ruby Redwood in Year 3 at St Nicolas & St Mary’s named Spinny and Rhiannon Griffiths in Year 5 at Eastbrook named Gusty.
The naming ceremony started in Shoreham Port’s new Visitor and Training Centre at Nautilus House. The pupils were welcomed by the Port’s Director of Compliance, Paul Johnson, before starting their wind turbine quiz.
After finishing the quiz and sharing their answers, the group walked over to the turbines and unveiled the Spinny and Gusty boards, which include drawings by Ruby and Rhiannon. A huge applause followed as the two girls cut the ribbons.
Paul commented “It was a lovely event for the children and we hope they will go away with some fond memories of Shoreham Port and their day officially naming Spinny and Gusty. Community events like this are at the heart of what we do at Shoreham Port and we are incredibly grateful to the teachers and parents for making today possible.”
Mr MacAllister, Year 3 class teacher at St Nicolas & St Mary’s commented “The Sealions had a fantastic time at Shoreham Port, learning about renewable energy and officially naming Spinny and Gusty.”
Ruby commented “I was nervous at first but then when I cut the ribbon I was really happy.”
Ruby’s friend, Esther, added “I was really proud of Ruby.”
Miss Johnstone, Year 5 teacher at Eastbrook commented “The children thoroughly enjoyed the excitement of the naming ceremony on Friday and also learnt a lot about wind energy. We are all very proud of Rhiannon and it is amazing to think that we now have a local landmark named by one of the children in our school.”
Rhiannon added “I found the day both nerve-wracking and exciting! I thought Gusty would be a good name for a wind turbine and I was so happy that the judges thought so too.”
The Spinny and Gusty boards are attached to the fencing opposite the two turbines and will be a permanent fixture for passerbys to enjoy. For more information about wind energy at Shoreham Port please visit www.shoreham-port.co.uk/Wind-Energy.