KHW Dinner rounds off a busy 2015

by Geoff Hooks

KHW Dinner rounds off a busy 2015
KHW Dinner rounds off a busy 2015

KHW Dinner rounds off a busy 2015


5 November 2015

Members of Kilkeel Harbour Works, together with special guests including Lord Kilmorey and Margaret Ritchie MP, gathered in the Kilmorey Arms Hotel on Thursday night for their 3rd annual dinner. A ‘banquet’ featuring the best of local seafood supplied by one of the event’s sponsors ‘Sea-Source’ was enjoyed by everyone, with the after dinner speaker Norman Surplus providing a fascinating insight into his recently completed round the world auto-gyro flight. Guests donated nearly £700 towards research into Bowel Cancer.


Other sponsors were Credit Risk Insurance and the First Trust Bank. Edel McCooe, Regional Manager for the First Trust Bank announced the bank had already provided £10 million of finance towards various projects around Kilkeel harbour in 2015, including 8 new fishing vessels  - double the amount provided in the same period last year.

David Hill from ‘Sea-Source’ who was compere for the evening described other investments around Kilkeel and the harbour that had been assisted by European Fisheries SEA-FLAG Funding, including help with fish processing projects, engineering businesses, as well as community and tourism infrastructure. He went onto highlight the significant number of jobs that had been created by the fishing industry in 2015.

Geoff Hooks, Chairman of Kilkeel Harbour Works briefed everyone on progress with the proposal to develop a new outer harbour.

Margaret Ritchie MP congratulated all involved in Kilkeel Harbour Works and praised the “self help”  entrepreneurial spirit exhibited by members and the fishing industry at large.

Sir Richard Needham, 6th Earl of Kilmorey said that having spent much of the day visiting businesses around the harbour and hearing about other proposals in the pipeline it was clear there had been a renaissance in marine related activity, which had contributed to a noticeable improvement in the town over the past 12 months, capped off by the reopening of the Kilmorey Arms Hotel. Like Ms Ritchie he called upon all those in positions of influence to reflect upon what Kilkeel people were doing for themselves and provide the necessary tools that would allow them to do so much more, specifically the provision of a new outer harbour.

The Kilmorey Arms Hotel provided a magnificent venue for the dinner and the local seafood was superbly prepared, presented and served by the team in the hotel. Kilkeel Harbour Works wishes to express their thanks to the hotel, sponsors, speakers and guests for contributing to what was a thoroughly enjoyable night. 

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