Driver retires after five years worth of ferry trips

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A LORRY driver has retired after travelling the equivalent of more than 22 times around the world between Portsmouth and the Channel Islands.

Garry Greatbanks, 64, clocked on for the final time on Friday working as an HGV freight driver for BP Bitumen.

In the past 26 years delivering bitumen, he has completed weekly return journeys from Portsmouth to Jersey and Guernsey on average 46 times a year.

In that time, he has amassed more than 560,000 miles crossing the English Channel with Condor Ferries – the equivalent of more than five and a half years on board.

A reception was held on Thursday night in Jersey for the trucker, from Norfolk, by the ferry firm.

Mr Greatbanks said he enjoyed travelling and the weekly trips never seemed like work, and he was surprised he had spent the equivalent of more than five years at sea.

He said: ‘I’m looking forward to retirement but I’ll miss my visits to Jersey and Guernsey.’

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