Regrettably, Bridlington Harbour Commissioners announce the resignation of the Chairman, Mr Chris Wright
Chris was the dredger master initially on a part time basis whilst still running his own angling vessel ‘Our Fred’. Following her sale he became full time dredger skipper of the original ‘Gypsey Race’ and also the Deputy Harbour Master. Chris became Harbour Master in 1999 and served as Harbour Master until June 2012 when he retired. Chris sat on the board of Commissioners as Harbour Master and Chief Executive.
In 2012 before his retirement as Harbour Master & Chief Executive, Chris was instigative along with the late George Traves MBE, in the installation of the pontoons in the harbour, which have proved a valuable asset to the harbour and harbour users.
In December 2012, after his retirement, Chris became a Commissioner on the board following the retirement of Cllr J. Wilkinson in October 2012 and then in November 2013 was elected as Chairman.
Chris led talks with senior members of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which in turn led to a joint marina scheme being progressed. Arup Group Limited (a multinational design, engineering, project management and consultancy firm) were appointed the contractor of the joint marina scheme. Monthly progress management meetings were held and the scheme progressed. Various studies and surveys were carried out to determine the feasibility and economic viability of the scheme.
Unfortunately, the scheme proved not to be financially viable but Chris was hopeful however, to build on what have been achieved to date having worked closely with the Council over the last few years to continue working in partnership for the benefit of Bridlington and its economy.
Chris along with the late Neil Newby and the late Dennis Jewitt, was instrumental in guiding the board into commissioning the new build of a dredger ‘Gypsey Race’ at Ardmaleish Boat building Company, on the Isle of Bute in 2016, a move which was seen as necessary to enable the safe navigation of vessels in Bridlington Harbour and to go on charter.
Chris represented the Harbour Commissioners on various committees’ namely, British Ports Association, Small Ports Committee, Flamborough Head Management Group, Scarborough Technical Advisory Group ( Bathing Waters) and Bridlington Renaissance Partnership.
Bridlington Harbour Commissioners thank Chris for his unstinting time and achievements over the many years he has served the harbour.