21st Birthday Celebrations

Last month saw the 21st anniversary of ABP’s operation in Ipswich and we were delighted to celebrate with the Port team. 

We were invited to the Old Custom House on the 12th October to celebrate this wonderful milestone, where firstly Paul Ager – Divisional Port Manager – and then Andrew Harston – Short Seas Port Director – addressed their invited guests, provided an overview of the preceding years and then thanked their friends and associates for their continued support. 

Waterfront Life has only been in ABP’s life for 2 years, but we have forged an excellent working relationship with Paul and his team and through these regular editorials, we have been able to provide a real behind-the-scenes view of exactly what our neighbours do in - and for - the area.

ABP had hired the Sailing Barge Victor for this special occasion and once welcomed aboard by the ever-genial Captain Wes, we enjoyed tasty food, good wine and a lovely atmosphere; with everyone relaxed and enjoying their Friday night! 

Despite it being a very windy evening, it was lovely to be able to have the chance to sail on the Victor and get a feel of its past. The historic sailing barge has had a varied life; it was first built in 1895 and was used to transport a variety of items such as oil, grain and other bulk cargo. Not forgetting being in the middle of both World Wars, even being a survivor of a direct hit from a bomb! 

These days the barge is used for public cruising - hired out for parties or special occasions.  Wes and his team are the perfect hosts, Wes sailing the barge effortlessly – despite the wind – and his ‘below-decks’ colleagues having time to really look after their guests.  The galley may be small, but the food that comes out of it is first class and would put some restaurants to shame!

So here’s to the next 21 years of ABP in Ipswich and to continuing our blossoming relationship with our very hard working neighbour.