THE harbourmaster at Fisherrow is celebrating 45 years in the job at this year’s harbour festival on Saturday.

Alex Stewart, who lives in the Honest Toun, took up the helm of harbourmaster in 1977 after he was appointed by the former Lothian Regional Council and now works for East Lothian Council.

He continues to enjoy helping to deal with the variety of day-to-day problems that boat owners encounter in Fisherrow Harbour.

East Lothian Courier: Fisherrow harbourmaster Alex Stewart

Mr Stewart said: “My favourite memory of the harbour from the last 45 years is welcoming the arrival of my friend and former sailing companion Sandy Livingstone, his wife Joan and their two daughters in their 60-foot schooner Odyssey at the successful completion of their round-the-world voyage from New Zealand in 1989.

“After the decline of the fishing fleet in the 1970s, Musselburgh harbour was dredged and a new mooring grid was laid, which transformed the harbour into a leisure facility for yachts.”

In his spare time, Mr Stewart enjoys walking, DIY, gardening and maintaining the connections he has with a number of East Lothian farmers.