Volunteer ferryman retires after 41 years

Worcester's ferryman has retired after 41 years in the position.

Mark Glossop has volunteered to run and row the Cathedral Ferry since 1983 and is also responsible for finding the very boat that is still in operation today.

Mr Glossop, who found "Doris" during a holiday in Dorset, said: "It has been a pleasure rowing people across the river for the past four decades."

He added: "But I'm 88 now, and the time has come to hand over to the next generation."

The Cathedral Ferry dates back much further than 1983, having been a fixture of the River Severn for more than 600 years.

It provided a direct and convenient crossing for monks and milkmaids to cross the river to work in the meadows and the Priory of Hardwick in St John's.

The ferry crossed the river every day until the late 1950s, but thanks to Mr Glossop it was brought back.

Interim Dean of Worcester Canon Stephen Edwards said: "Mark’s amazing service in restarting and then maintaining this historic link deserves much praise and thanksgiving.

"Thanks to his dedication the Cathedral Ferry remains part of the rich culture of the city."

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