Some of my readers may not be aware but there was a massive fire at Underfall Yard, located in Bristol’s historic harbourside, in the first week of May.
I commend officers from Fire and Rescue, Police, City Council and the Harbour Master who were on the scene within minutes. Thanks to their efforts the fire was brought under control and the residents at risk were evacuated safely.
I recently met with people affected by the fire. Many had their entire life’s work destroyed. It was heart wrenching to hear their stories of working so hard and putting all their savings together to to start a business, for it all to be taken away one night.
The Underfall Yard celebrates an important part of Bristol’s industrial heritage as one of the foremost centres for ship building and marine trade in the world. Today the Yard doesn’t only play host to ship builders, but also blacksmiths, a café, a ferry operator, a composites manufacturer and an adventure activity company.
I would like to encourage everyone to visit this wonderful, functioning, industrial heritage of Bristol and to support them in any way you can.