From headmaster to harbour master

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A LESBURY man has gone from headmaster to harbour master.

Paul Allen, who was headteacher for 15 years at Amble’s Coquet High School – which has now been rebranded as the James Calvert Spence College – before stepping down in 2010, has been appointed as the town’s new harbour master by Warkworth Harbour Commissioners.

It follows the retirement of Paul Taylor, who held the position since 1991.

Mr Allen said: “I am delighted to be appointed and take up the post. Paul Taylor has been harbour master for 20 years, he has developed the harbour, and it will be a hard act to follow.

“What I am aiming to do now is take it on to the next stage, looking at how the harbour can be used as a local amenity and support the local fishing fleet while also encouraging leisure and pleasure use.

“I look forward to working with the commissioners to continue the development.”

Mr Allen, 55, has been an active member of Amble Lifeboat for 13 years and is an experienced yachtsman and keen sea kayaker.

He is also well-known in the local community.

“I am looking forward to working once again in Amble, in the same community I have come to know and be a part of,” he said.

Maurice Burnett, chairman of Warkworth Harbour Commissioners, paid tribute to Mr Taylor, praising him for his ‘outstanding, committed service to the harbour and its users and the community’.

He added: “We have been fortunate in finding an able successor to Paul Taylor with Paul Allen and we are delighted in appointing Paul Allen as the new harbour master – a decision made extremely difficult due to the quality and calibre of the candidates.”