A HUGE milestone was marked with the decoration of Sid Kennett’s boat.
Sid has been the custodian of Emsworth Harbour, on behalf of Chichester Harbour Conservancy, for 45 years.
He was around before the present conservancy came into existence, helping sailors in the harbour, rescuing swans and making sure buoys are maintained.
His family has lived in Emsworth for three generations and Sid knows about most things going on in the town.
Harbour Master Richard Craven said: ‘Sid turned up with his new wellies on April 1, 1968 and has been harbour hand at Emsworth ever since.
‘Man was yet to walk on the moon, but Sid was very good at walking on the mud and in addition to his harbour duties became the expert on private moorings and his knowledge is legendary.
‘During this time Sid’s commitment has been huge.
‘He is always here first thing in the morning to check that everything is in order and always the first to turn out on a stormy night to limit the damage.
‘During his time he has put on every top-chain and numbered every buoy and rescued numerous swans.
‘It is his great enthusiasm and warmth though that has made those years go so well.’
Mr Craven said over the years Sid has become part of the fabric of Emsworth.
Colleagues from the conservancy put out flags and decorated Sid’s boat as a surprise thank you for all his hard work.