24 September 2010

To celebrate '250 years at the Heart of the Community' this year, Shoreham Port commissioned Professor Fred Gray of Sussex University to produce a pictorial record of the life and times of the port.

The end result is a fantastic guide through the port's history, written beautifully by Adam Trimingham, with illustrations researched and captioned by Jackie Marsh-Hobbs and designed by Margot Richardson.

The book is packed with great photographs and sketches dating from the 1870s to the present day demonstrating how vibrant and active the port is, with a huge variety of cargo ships, fishing trawlers, and port related activities.

Many fascinating facts emerge on Locks and Docks section detailing the construction of the locks in the 1850s, 1930s and 1950s, as well as information on the Mystery Towers, built in the harbour from June 1918 during the First World War.

The forward was very kindly written by Peter James, the locally based  crime novelist, who spent much of his childhood living close to the Harbour, which gave him the inspiration for many of his plots.

The book can be purchased from Shoreham Port's Head Office, at Nautilus House, Albion Street, Southwick, or at Marlipins Museum, Shoreham High Street ; Step Back in Time bookshop, Queens Road, Brighton and City Books, Western Road, Hove.

Rodney Lunn Chief Executive of Shoreham port commented, "we are delighted with the book, which clearly shows how the port has been at the heart of the community for 250 years, and continues to play a major part in job creation and economic growth for the area".