10 January 2014

Thank you to all who entered Shoreham Port’s Community Poetry Competition. Since the start of the competition last autumn the Port received a huge variety of poems, with some entries being posted in from as far away as Texas!

The team at Shoreham thoroughly enjoyed reading through the entries and are pleased to announce that George Mower was awarded 1st place in the competiton with his poem titled ‘Shoreham Harbour’. George’s poem affectionately recalls his time as a child growing up around the Port and the many trips he made with his Dad on boats up and down the river.

In 2nd place was Jake Howard, age 10, from Mile Oak Primary School. Jake was one of the youngest contestants to impress the judges with his brilliantly written poem ‘Our Local Port’. Jake’s poem accurately describes Shoreham Port from early Roman times through to present day. In 3rd place was Shoreham Port’s very own Alex Lowden. Alex works as an Accounts Assistant at the Port and anonymously submitted her poem at the start of the competition. Alex was extremely surprised and excited to hear the news that she had won 3rd place.

A poetry launch will be held at Southwick Station to celebrate George Mower’s winning poem taking pride of place on the station walls. The three winners will also have their poems showcased on Shoreham Port’s website.

George’s poem, as well as the artwork currently on display at Southwick Station, will remain a permanent fixture for all to enjoy. Sara Bassett, Finance Director at Shoreham Port commented “Congratulations to the winners of the competition. Choosing the top three entries was incredibly hard due to the high standard of poems received. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate local talent and strengthen our relationship with the local community.”

Details of Shoreham Port’s next community project will be announced later this year.