30th JANUARY 1974


Dressed overall The Westward Ho, now  officially renamed:
The North Westward Ho
As she was on the official opening day - 30th January 1974

My partner Colin Peers greets The Mayor and Lady Mayoress
Opening Day - 30th January 1974

Manchester Evening News - Wednesday 30th January 1974

Mr. D.K Redford Managing Director of the Port of Manchester?
centre Colin Peers and right Jud Evans
Joint Directors of Compass Catering Ltd

A Brass Band played Music throughout the Opening Ceremony

Jud has a drink with some of the important guests

Commander Dick Reynolds
The R.N.  Naval Liaison Officer from Liverpool
and his partner (left) with two other guests

The Cornbrooke Wharf property had a large car park
Later we purchased a De Havilland Comet from the RAF
and placed it on the car park as an overflow restaurant

Jud poses with three of the bar staff for the Manchester Evening News

Both the BBC and Granada Television gave us good coverage

Another news cutting - this time in the Main Deck Reception

I am most grateful to businessman Chris Bluer of Torkington Engineers for the 1973  newspaper cutting of The Westward Ho in her birth at Pomona Dock, Manchester - which appears at the top of the page.

I remember Chris very well in that period as a friendly, generous patron of the Pubship and his kindness in providing the historical  item below is typical of his helpful attitude - an attitude which no doubt  goes a long way to explaining the success of his enterprise. Torkington Engineers Limited is a leading precision and sub-contract engineering company, delivering the definitive high-quality machining and engineering site support solution, to blue-chip companies in the oil and gas, chemical, petro-chemical, pharmaceutical, nuclear and power generation industries.  Established in 1949, Torkingtons today proudly maintains an unrivalled reputation for consistently achieving the highest levels of quality, customer service and on-time delivery performance.
Chris writes:

Hale, Cheshire 11.11.2009.

Hello Jud, You will probably will not remember me, but I owned Torkington Engineers which was located on Cornbrook Rd, at the entrance to Pomona Docks. I remember you once coming to see me, wanting some work done, when you were preparing the Westward Ho. I came across a leaflet, which I thought you would appreciate. I live in Hale, near Altrincham, Cheshire. I have now retired from the business, and my two sons own and manage it. We now have a large factory in Trafford Park, employing thirty five staff... I am very proud of the company. I looked at your website. What an achievement

Best wishes

Chris Bluer