No Ordinary Commute - The Directory Group

No ordinary commute

A popular lecturer at Highbury College in Cosham received star treatment on his final commute to work from the Isle of Wight.

For 38 years, plastering lecturer George Terry has been travelling by Wightlink with his bike before pedalling to work at Highbury’s Northarbour campus.

When he retired, Wightlink, Highbury and fellow passengers were determined not to let the occasion go unnoticed.

As he boarded the catamaran, ringing his bell as usual, he was greeted by cheers, tinsel and party-poppers.

Wightlink laid on croissants and orange juice for all 140 passengers, special announcements were made over the PA system and posters were put up, and George was invited to the bridge where he donned a captain’s hat, before being presented with a free family car ferry ticket by Captain Graeme Bissett.

Fellow commuters presented him with a plaque and Highbury with a celebratory cake, but there was yet another surprise in store…

When George arrived in Portsmouth, he discovered that colleagues had laid on a chauffeur-driven limo to whisk him - and his bike - to work.

Friends, students and colleagues past and present later gathered at Northarbour for a special leaving lunch in his honour.

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