Recognition for former harbour master

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Carl Bagwell receives his freeman scroll from the mayor, Councillor Rebekah Gilbert

Last Friday, November 12, the accolade of freeman of Rye was awarded to Carl Bagwell.

Carl is probably best known as the harbour master of Rye for many years from 1986, having previously been deputy harbour master since 1978 following a successful sea-going career which began at the age of 16.

Many may think of Rye, and Rye Harbour in particular, as a quiet law abiding place. However this did not stop organised crime from attempting to operate here, and Carl’s part in putting an end to their activities earned him a special award in 2007.

He also helped to organise food – in particular, fresh fish from local fishermen – for the Russian crew of the stranded merchant ship Torrent in 2013. This was paid for by Rye and District Lions Club, of which he became chairman.

He has always been part of the community of Rye with many charitable and other interests in the town outside of his professional duties, including acting as a governor of Freda Gardham School.

Image Credits: John Minter .

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