Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
Dave Trigger is celebrating 50 years of service to Devonport. Dave is a well known, much liked and well respected figure in Devonport and has just chalked up half a century of service to our city and our military.
Responsible for the comings and goings of Ships and Boats in Devonport, Dave can always be found arranging riggers to tie them up, connect them to shoreside support, as well as liaising with captains and dignitaries.
His team worked long hours, often at night and in all weathers, loaded Ships at anchor in The Sound, that were too big to get alongside or in Devonport for only a short period.
A particular proud time was during the Falklands War, when many Dockyard workers came into their own. Ships were prepared and turned around in record times. His department worked non-stop for days, managing and providing essential supplies for the south-bound Task Group.
Moving just outside Plymouth, Dave also worked at the Royal Navy’s Supply Depot at Wrangaton, near Ivybridge. Here, trains would bring in vast quantities of stores and food that had been shipped across the country via the rail network. At Wrangaton it was repackaged in usable pallets to be sent to the Ships or stockpiled for use at a later date.
Dave Trigger said:
“People are really what makes this job though. I’ve worked alongside and met everyone, Admirals, Royalty, Defence Ministers, MPs, VIP’s from all over the place, Ship’s Captains and Sailors and Marines from all nations, and everyone has a job to do. We are all working together which really makes me proud.”
Luke Pollard said:
“I have known Dave Trigger for a number of years. He is a real champion of our region, a strong supporter of our military and I have been proud to campaign for him as a Labour candidate too. The milestone he has reached is significant and the strength of feeling that this should be recognised is clear for all to see. Thank you and well done Dave.”