Businesses and community groups were all aboard a Tall Ships reception to mark the announcement that Blyth is hosting the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016.
Organisers provided an overview of what a Tall Ships event is about, key facts and statistics about the size of the event, and details of how organisations can get involved.
The Port of Blyth in association with Northumberland County Council and Sail Training International is hosting the Regatta which will be one of the biggest events ever held in the county.
Martin Lawlor, chief executive, Port of Blyth, said: “We already have a lot of interest and I am sure businesses will benefit greatly from the unique experience that an international tall ship event has to offer.”
The Port of Blyth is the starting host port for the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016 and the first ships are expected to arrive from Wednesday, August 24, 2016.
The ships will then set off on a race leg to Gothenburg which hosts the Tall Ships September 3-6.