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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 March, 2004, 05:55 GMT
Family tradition ferryman to quit
John White and his wife's grandfather, also a ferryman
John White followed in the career footsteps of Charlie Brinkley
A ferryman is giving up his job after a family tradition stretching back more than a century.

John White, who runs the Felixstowe Ferry in Suffolk, has brought thousands of people across the River Deben.

More than 100 years ago, his wife's grandfather, Charlie Brinkley, ran the ferry. His son Charlie took over in the 1960s, followed by his son, Robert.

Now Mr White says he is giving up the position - but he will remain harbourmaster at the river.

And he will stay in the ferry hamlet near the banks of the Deben, where he has lived for all of his life.

He said: "Running the ferry is a lovely job, but it's a seven-days-a-week job in the summer when you want to be sailing, really.

"Now that I'm going to be pensionable, I'm going to do a bit more sailing.

"You can get out here on a morning when there's not a breath of wind and it's just a magic place to be. What more do you want?"



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