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Silver Cutter loaned to Maritime Pilots

A piece of history given to Middlesbrough four decades ago has been loaned back to the donors for their annual conference.

The silver cutter boat will take pride of place at the UK Maritime Pilots’ Association (UKMPA) conference this year held in Middlesbrough at Jury’s Inn.

The piece was given in 1976 when the organisation’s held a conference in the town. It was presented to then Civic Mayor Norman Goldie who was also made an honorary Tees Bay Pilot.

For the latest conference in Middlesbrough, current Elected Mayor Dave Budd was invited as guest of honour.

He said: “We are pleased to be able to loan the silver cutter to the UK Maritime Pilots’ Association. It still takes pride of place on display in the Town Hall and it’s great that we can continue our partnership all these years on.”

Geoff Taylor, a retired Tees Bay Pilot who organised the piece to be loaned back for the conference, said: “It’s really great to be able to take a piece of civic memorabilia to put on show for everyone attending the conference.”

The UK Maritime Pilots’ Association (UKMPA) is the representative professional body for Maritime Pilots in the United Kingdom. Marine Pilots are highly skilled experts authorised to pilot ships in their respective districts. The fundamental purpose of maritime pilotage is to ensure safety, security, environmental protection and port efficiency.