Pink Floyd was number one in the charts when Jim Macgregor started working as a self-employed marine pilot in Poole Harbour, where he was responsible for navigating the ships.

After 35 years, Jim who is Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) longest serving contractor has now retired.

Jim first went to sea at the age of 16 and joined his first ship in Liverpool for the Merchant Navy in 1962. He served in the Navy for 17 years and was promoted to Captain in 1974.

He became a pilot in Poole at the age of 35, and during his time he manoeuvred tall ships, cargo ships and leisure ferries in and out of the harbour.

PHC’s chief executive, Jim Stewart held a special presentation where colleagues gathered to see Jim Macgregor awarded with a watercolour plaque. Mr Stewart said: “It’s the end of an era and we all wish Jim a fond farewell, he has been a part of PHC for so long and he will be missed in the harbour.”

A keen sailor, Jim reminisced about the highpoints of his 35-years working as pilot, adding: “I have many fond memories, but one particular highlight has to be piloting the Barfleur on her first voyage into Poole Harbour. I am looking forward to retirement, but I am going to miss everyone.”

He will also be kept busy supporting his daughters Lucy and Kate, the sailing duo from Poole who represented Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics. The pair are now in training and hoping to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.