Today was the International Day of the Seafarer and to mark this special day, Aberdeen Seafarers Centre opened its doors from 1000-2200.
There were plenty of tabnabs and many cups of tea/coffee were consumed and our visitors were given guided tours of the facilities on offer.
We had a local radio station, Gospel4Grampian come along and interview me – which will be aired tomorrow (26th June) on their “Drive Time” slot. You can listen here: http://Tunein.g4g.org.uk After Friday, you can listen on the podcast at podcast.g4g.org.uk
All the way from Kingussie – a 155 mile trip each way, came Caroline (Watch Ashore) and her husband Bill (retired Chief Engineer) who were a great encouragement and Bill’s stories were well worth listening to.
We also had the recently retired Dean of Guild, and trustee of the Seafarers Centre, Fred Dalgarno visit and we saw many others from various companies and we also saw a number of seafarers visit as well.
The highlight of the day however was the visit of the Lord Provost, George Adam.
He brought with him a special gift to pass on to seafarers – a special “Woolly Hat” as can be seen modeled by yours truly outside the Seafarers Centre!
He interacted with the visitors and volunteers and enjoyed a cuppa and a tour of the facilities. He said that he was impressed with the upgrades since his last visit… from four computer stations to ten and a new ‘homely’ counselling room as well as the redecoration.
In the picture opposite the Lord Provost enjoys a cup of coffee with some of our visitors and volunteers.
Our last visitor left at 2155 and I locked up and headed home.
So, although it was a long day, it was a good day.
If you were not able to visit today – do get in touch with me and I am sure that we can arrange a visit for you!
Time for bed…