One of the founders of the Worcester Cathedral ferry is set to retire after 41 years.

Mark Glossop, a core part of the Cathedral Ferry since its reinstatement in 1983, is retiring after ferrying residents and visitors across the River Severn for more than four decades.

Starting its service more than 600 years ago, the ferry served as a crossing for workers from the 12th century through to the late 1950s.

Worcester News: The Worcester Cathedral FerryThe Worcester Cathedral Ferry (Image: Worcester Cathedral)

When concerns about the distances schoolchildren had to walk to reach playing fields arose, Nicola Milne, wife of the then headmaster of King’s School, and Mark Glossop set in motion the revival of the ferry service.

As a result, ‘Doris' was launched, and Mr Glossop has volunteered to run and row the boat since.

He said: "It has been a pleasure rowing people across the river for the past four decades, but I'm 88 now, and the time has come to handover to the next generation.

"I have met some interesting people and seen some sights over the years, including transporting a cohort of Women's Institute across the river dressed entirely in mid-19th century costumes, as part of their procession around the Diocese.

"We've also had wedding parties crossing over the years, ale festival goers and visitors of all nationalities to the cathedral and city.

"I will miss it, but it will still be here for all to enjoy."

A ride on the ferry, costing 50p, is a popular choice with tourists and residents and the ferry service has donated more than £20,000 to charities through its proceeds.

Interim Dean of Worcester, Canon Stephen Edwards, said: “The Cathedral Ferry offers a perfect view of the cathedral from the beauty of the river but it also provides a practical link for passengers wanting a quicker journey across to the other bank.

"Mark’s amazing service in restarting and then maintaining this historic link deserves much praise and thanksgiving.

"Thanks to his dedication the Cathedral Ferry remains part of the rich culture of the city."

The Cathedral Ferry currently operates on Saturdays, and on Bank Holiday weekends, from April to September from 1.15pm - 5.15pm.