Most people have heard of the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners but not everyone is aware of the full extent and importance of their duties.
Established in 1697 by Act of Parliament, the body has played a key role in the resort’s history, helping to maintain a haven for fishermen as well as providing a base and structure where local trades and commerce can flourish.
Today, the Harbour Commissioners are taking care of a harbour that continues to lead the way for the British shellfish industry.
The harbour is home to almost 100 mostly small businesses providing employment for almost 400 people and playing an essential and integral role in the resort’s economy.
Bridlington Harbour Commissioners estate includes crane wharf, 13 shops and public toilets, the former Harbour Master’s offices, the South Pier and all its facilities, and the Lawrence Complex, which incorporates a hotel, chandlery, restaurants and café.
The Annual Accounts for Bridlington harbour are available to view at Bridlington Reference Library, King Street.
Working at the helm of the harbour is Mr Lawrence Porter. Lawrence has been employed by the Commissioners for some 17 years and in April 2020 was promoted to Harbour Master.
The current Bridlington Harbour Commissioners are:
- Mr N. Ling (Chairman)
- Mr. M. Boyers (Vice-Chairman)
- Mr. N. B. Woodhouse
- Dr. A. J. S. Watson
- Mr. A. Wheeler
- Mr. M. A. Beckett
- Mr. N. S. N. Orum
- Mr. R. C. Gunning