Shoreham Port hosted their annual Customer Day at Fontwell Park Racecourse this week for the 10th consecutive year. The event provides the Port with the opportunity to thank their customers and suppliers while enjoying an exciting day at the races.
The day commenced with a welcome from Rodney Lunn, Chief Executive at Shoreham Port, who thanked the guests for their attendance, including those who travelled from overseas especially to attend the event. The raceday was also attended by members of the Shoreham Port team and all seven Port Board members, including the Board’s Chair, Amber Foster.
Amber commented ‘’Our annual Customer Day gives us the chance to say a huge thank you to our valued customers and suppliers for their continued support. It’s also a brilliant way for them to get to know the team and network with each other, whilst enjoying lunch and a memorable day out at the races. As always, we have received some excellent feedback following this year’s event and we very much look forward to hosting it again next year.’’
Attendees enjoyed a three-course lunch before watching a line-up of seven thrilling races, with the fourth being Shoreham Port’s sponsored race, the Shoreham Port Handicap Chase (for the Alan Arnell Memorial Trophy). The race was won by eight-year-old horse Bermeo, ridden by Tom Cannon, trained by Johnny Farrelly and owned by Mr Romilly Stuart-Jervis.
Peter Holmes, Sales Director at MDM Timber said ‘’Thank you to the team for another great day at Fontwell Park Racecourse. It was great to meet up with everyone and also people from other companies who all share an interest in the Port. Thank you again and I look forward to catching up in the near future.’’
The trophy was presented by Shoreham Port’s Director of Compliance, Paul Johnson, and Commercial and Operations Director, Beth Evans-Gay.
Paul commented ‘’Before the race started, we were invited to select the best horse taking into consideration grooming, stencilling artwork and how shiny their hooves were! After attending nine Customer Days at Fontwell, I must admit I hadn’t realised just how much effort goes into preparing these horses for their race. The jockey enclosure really is ‘close up and personal’ and we were both thrilled to select what we thought was the best turned out horse – which we agreed to be horse number one, ‘West Wizard’’.
Paul continued ‘’An excellent day was had by all and the experience of presenting the award is one that we will both treasure - on a personal note I backed the winner, so someone was clearly looking down on me!’’.
The full race details for the day can be found here in the Racing Post.