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DI Andy Horton helps Portsmouth International Port celebrate 40 years

Pauline Rowson 40th anniversary Portsmouth International PortDI Andy Horton was called to assist Portsmouth International Port kick start their 40th anniversary celebrations with the launch of an exhibition showing the development of the Port over the years.  OK, so it wasn't actually Andy Horton who showed up in person but me and I took him along for good company in the form of the latest in the series, Fatal Catch

The Portsmouth International Port, features in my DI Andy Horton crime novels, because it is where Andy often boards the police marine launch piloted by Sergeant Elkins and PC Ripley to cross the Solent to the Isle of Wight or to travel around Portsmouth Harbour or to the outlying harbours of Langstone and Chichester.  In the Horton novels you will find that the Port is often referred to as either the Continental Ferry Port or the Commercial Port, this is what us Portsmouth locals have called it for years but it has recently undergone re-branding to become the Portsmouth International Port to reflect its burgeoning market.

The Portsmouth International Port, owned and operated by Portsmouth City Council, has grown extensively since its formation in 1976 when initially it offered just one route to France from a small section of reclaimed harbour front. Now it is known as Britain’s Best Connected Port with more destinations than any other UK Port. The Port is also a key destination for fresh fruit and vegetables from all over the world.

Four decades since the first ferries departed from France the Portsmouth International Port has seen 90 million passengers, 25.5 million passenger vehicles and 8.5 million units of freight come and go to Europe on 135,000 ferry crossings. That's a lot of traffic!

Pauline Rowson, Julie Blackwell and Martin Putnam, Portsmouth International PortI also took along Andy Horton in the seventh in the series, A Killing Coast. The display in the terminal building shows the development of the Port over the years and contains some wonderful items from the 1970s along with a Mini (car) from the era and fashions.  Anyone is welcome to visit, not just ferry terminal passengers and it is well worth browsing the display and having a coffee in the Costa lounge in a bright relaxing setting, and, as a bonus, watch some of the freight ships and and ferries sail in or out.  The display runs throughout the summer.

There's also the chance to win a signed copy of Fatal Catch and the new Art Marvik marine crime novel, Dangerous Cargo. Simply enter the Portsmouth International Port's free prize draw. The competition closes 30 June 2016.  Good luck.

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JUNE 3RD, 2016 @ 5:47:35 UTC

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