Commuter enjoys cake after more than 10,000 trips across the Solent

Brian Hull is welcomed on board by Captain Chris Tilley
Brian Hull is welcomed on board by Captain Chris Tilley
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SURPRISED passengers enjoyed a slice of cake on the FastCat this week to mark the retirement of one of Wightlink’s most loyal commuters.

For 45 years Brian Hull, who worked at the Naval base, has commuted from Ryde Pier Head to Portsmouth Harbour – an estimated 10,800 times. He made his first trip in 1972.

Wightlink staff handed out cake to passengers on the 6.47am crossing to mark the occasion and provide a sweet send-off.

Brian, of Binstead, said: ‘I’ll miss sailing the Solent in all weathers with my fellow commuters, but I’ll be back on Ryde Pier before too long to do some fishing,’

Wightlink chief executive Keith Greenfield said: ‘We were delighted to celebrate Brian’s loyalty on his last day at work and wish him all the best in retirement’