Port of Ipswich opens its doors for Maritime Festival weekend
Crowds of people gathered at the Ipswich Haven Marina and Old Customs House over the weekend which was opened especially by Associated British Ports as part of the Viking-themed Ipswich Maritime Festival.
ABP says more than 2,500 people visited the Ipswich Waterfront during the course of the festival, organised by Ipswich Borough Council in partnership with ABP and local charities and businesses. Participating organisations showcased their work at stands during the event along with many others creating a street fayre atmosphere around the historic Wet Dock.
One of the highlights of the weekend was an ABP video, which featured various aspects of the port of Ipswich and aimed to inform the public about the vital role the port plays in supporting the Suffolk economy. Visitors could also participate in a competition, raising donations for the Mayor’s charities.
Andrew Harston, ABP Short Sea Ports Director, said: “It was great to work with the Ipswich Maritime Trust, Merchant Navy Association and the Apostleship of the Sea, helping to make the Ipswich Maritime Weekend a success.
“Being so prominent on the Ipswich Waterfront, we were delighted to open Old Custom House to so many visitors and look forward to continue supporting Ipswich Borough Council with the organisation of the event in future.
“I would like to thank Ipswich Port Manager, Paul Ager and all of our Ipswich colleagues who gave up their time over this busy weekend to volunteer and be present on the ABP stands where we were also raising money for the Mayor’s chosen charities. It was a fantastic weekend once again with great weather and of course the fantastic firework finale on Sunday evening”