ABP announces port open day to mark centenary of King George Dock

June 18, 2014

Associated British Ports (ABP) will be marking the centernary of King George Dock with a family open day, which will be help at the Port of Hull on Saturday 21 June.

The event will take place between 11am and 3pm and will include coach tours of King George Dock, tours of P&O's cruise ferries, machinery displays, live bands, fairground rides, climbing wall, zorbing, mini boats, wind turbine and crane simulators and a large number of stands, displays and demonstrations.

The Open Day is free of charge, but visitors are asked to register for tickets at www.kgd100.co.uk.

ABP's Diretor Humber, John Fitzgerald is looking forward to throwing open the gates of the Port of Hull.

He said: "The centenary provides us wtih a great opportunity to open our facilities to the local community and allow them to see a working port up close. this has been a fantastic year for ABP on the Humber and it's wonderful to be able to celebrate the past, while looking to the future.

"The event is being held to raise funds for a very worthwhile cause and it promises to be a spectactular day out."

King George Dock was built as a joint enterprise wbetween two railway companies; the Hull and Barnsley and North Eastern in 1914. It was the first facility of its kind to be electrified throughout.

Built to export coal from the mines of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, King George Dock also handled the import of pit props for the mines. In 1917 a silo was also built to hold grain and this remained operational until it was finally demolished in 2010.

When coal exports began to decline, the quays were used for shipping wool, meat, fruit, vegetables and perishable goods and as trade flourished the dock was enlarged using reclaimed land on to the south east of the dock. Queen Elizabeth II opened the extension - named Queen Elizabeth Dock - on 4 August 1969.

The day is being organised to raise funds for ABP Humber's Charity of the Year, Marfleet Primary School, which is located close to the Port of Hull and was originally established to educate the children of dockworkers.

Despite continuing to provide a first-rate education for the children of the local area, the school is struggling to accommodate its 178 pupils in a tiny victorian building sandwiched between industrial units.

ABP wants to help the school build a much-needed extra classroom and has set itself the taks of raising £50,000 to enable it to expand.

Headteacher Rachel Butler is looking forward to working with ABP to raise funds for th eplanned extension.

She said: "The staff and pupils of Marfleet Primary work incredibly hard to make sure the schook is a happy, colourful and productive place, but at the moment we are restricted by a lack of space.

To have ABP's support in raising funds for an additional classroom is fantastic and we're going to work wtih them to ensure the children and their teachers have a new space to use and enjoy as soon as possible."

ABP has organised a raft of other fundraising activities as part of its KDG 100 celebrations, including a Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, a temporary exhibition at Hull's Maritime Museum, a charity clay pigeon shoot, a football tournament, golf day and a lunch for former employees.

Limited free parking will be available on Alexandra Dock on the day and East Yorkshire Motor Services is providing a dedicated bus service from Paragon Interchange.

To find out more and to book tickets for the open day please visit www.kdg100.co.uk.

To donate online visit www.justgiving.com/archbishopsentamuacademy

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