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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Tall ships set sail for visit to Whitehaven

TALL ships will sail their way into Whitehaven later this month.

By Andrew Clarke

The Whitehaven Tall Ships Weekend will see two ships and a yacht arrive in the harbour, which can be enjoyed alongside a continental market and street theatre, from June 20 to 22.

Tall ships have proved a hugely popular attraction in Whitehaven for many years. This year, the ships – Lady of Avalon and the Maybe – will be open to board and tour (June 21 10am to 2pm and June 22 10am to noon) and will be joined by Chay Blyth’s Ocean Racing Yacht.

The ships are carrying Sellafield apprentices, organised by the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust.

The Traditional European Food and Craft Fair market (open daily from 9am to 5pm) and street theatre are being staged by Whitehaven Festival Company.

Chief executive Gerard Richardson said: “We are delighted to be working with the Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust to enhance the visit of the ships to town. It’s a great life experience for the apprentices and the ships always bring a unique atmosphere when they visit.

“These are two new ships for the town, as well in addition to the yacht, so it’s very exciting.

“As for the market, these guys are old friends. This particular market hasn’t been here for four years so it will be nice to welcome them again with their usual eclectic mix of hot food delights and treats to take home.”

The Tall Ships Weekend is a new event for Whitehaven, and one of a series that is replacing the traditional Whitehaven Festival. It follows the successful Home and Garden Show in May, ahead of Whitehaven Live! featuring The Boomtown Rats, on July 5.

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