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Archbishop's Pilgrimage Tour of the Harbour

Thursday 21st January 2016

Bridlington harbour was proud to host to the Archbishop of York as he continued his six-month Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing across the Diocese of York.


Archbishop Sentamu spent a couple of hours meeting the Harbour Commissioners, several of the Lords Feoffee and staff at the harbour offices before going on a walk-about of the harbour estate during which he stopped to speak to members of the public.

Chairman of the Commissioners, Chris Wright, welcomed the Archbishop and spoke of the strong links between the harbour and the Church that go back hundreds of years. He also highlighted the commercial success the Bridlington shellfish industry has achieved in recent years.

Bridlington remains the leading shellfish port in the United Kingdom, accounting for around 13 per cent of the UK’s lobster catch, almost all of which is exported.

On his tour of the harbour, the Archbishop was shown the hoist in action as it lowered local vessel Ocean Cruiser into the water. He then visited the fish quay at the end of the South Pier, the point of landing for the shellfish catches.

Archbishop Sentamu praised the harbour and its workforce for the significant income generated every year. He added: “This requires a great deal of investment and hard work but industry cannot stand still if it is to continue to grow and improve. This harbour is a fine asset, not just for Bridlington but for the whole of the United Kingdom.”

The Archbishop spent a week in Bridlington as part of his Pilgrimage, which began at Whitby in December and has since taken him to Guisborough, Middlesbrough, Stokesley, Mowbray and Northern Ryedale before travelling to Bridlington and then north to Scarborough for four days. It is due to finish at York Minster on Trinity Sunday (May 22).

For opportunities to walk with the Archbishop, to pray with him and to follow and share in his journey, please visit:

To watch a video (courtesy of Bridlington harbour):

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