Harbour Officer retires from his role
Harbour Officer has retired from the role this week.
As part of a planned retirement move to Devon, Ricky Holmes has
relinquished his post as Harbour Officer for the port of Bridgwater.
His departure was marked by a retirement party at Burnham-On-Sea's
La Vela restaurant with friends and colleagues, where he was presented
with leaving gifts, and thanked for his dedicated service. His
post has been filled by Lyndon Baker, who is a lifeboat crewman.
Employed by CS Spencer and Co, Ricky has operated the pilot boat
since 2002, serving as Harbour Officer for approximately five
years. During his time with the authority, he served under three
harbour masters Peter Lee, Chris Spencer and Keith Badsey.
was a founder member of BARB Search & Rescue and joined the
RNLI in 2003 as a tractor driver, and progressing to the role
of Deputy Launch Authority. Finally, he became Burnham-On-Sea
RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, serving for five years, before
handing over to present LOM Matt Davies last December.
Born and bred in Burnham-On-Sea, a grandson of the Late Doctor
Holmes and son of the late Peter Holmes who founded the League
of Friends of Burnham Hospital, he was taught locally at St Dunstans
school, before attending HMS Conway Naval college and joining
the merchant Navy. He worked at DB marine in Taunton for twenty
years, leaving them in 1999. He began working in marine pilotage