Celebrations begin to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Port of Barrow


Chris Clouter, ABP Barrow’s longest serving employee hold up flag to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Port

An historic flag-raising ceremony at Barrow Town Hall has marked the beginning of celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Port of Barrow. The anniversary flag was raised by Chris Clouter, the longest-serving current member of ABP Barrow, who has worked at the port for 35 years.

Attending the ceremony were John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness and The Mayor of Barrow, Councillor Anita Husband. They heard how the Port of Barrow, together with its sister Port of Silloth, contributes around £100m to the regional economy and supports 1,500 jobs.

John Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, said: “The port of Barrow has always been central in its existence, helping a small village grow into a thriving town by enabling natural resources to be exported from Cumbria to the rest of the country and beyond.

“In more recent years we have seen the growth of the shipyard and those who have worked and continue to work there have done us proud on the national stage, serving the nation with distinction as the cradle of so many distinguished Royal Navy vessels.

“I am pleased we have honoured this anniversary at Barrow Town Hall and look forward to a bright future for the port in the decades to come.”

Short Sea Ports Director Andrew Harston said: “The Port of Barrow has played a fundamental role in the Cumbrian community and made a significant contribution to the region’s prosperity since its founding in 1867.

“This vital economic and social role has continued over the years, even though the trades and commodities coming through the port have changed significantly. Barrow today continues to have a bright future, playing a crucial role in the UK defence industry and the nation’s low carbon energy infrastructure.

“It is right to celebrate this vital contribution over the previous 150 years and we are committed to growing and developing Barrow’s role so it can continue to serve the UK long into the future.”

The flag raising ceremony will be followed by a large community event on Sunday, 16 July, to be held on Town Quay.

Chris Clouter, Assistant Port Manager ABP, said: “I’ve dedicated my working life to the Port of Barrow and I’m hugely proud of all we have achieved.
“There is a special partnership between the community of Barrow and their port, which is the bedrock of our success and is something we are really keen to celebrate in this landmark year.

“This is why we are holding the event on 16 July and we are calling for local businesses and community groups to be involved. You could volunteer your time, or you could host a stall selling local goods. We’re eager to see the whole community coming together at the port.”

To get involved in the open day celebrations please email Beth Horan at BHoran@abports.co.uk