Plenty to enjoy at regatta

Each day of the Tall Ships Regatta in 2016 attracted big crowds.
Each day of the Tall Ships Regatta in 2016 attracted big crowds.
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Following the success of the Tall Ships weekend last August, Blyth is hosting a regatta at the revitalised Commissioners Quay area.

A showcase of various boats will be on display, including representatives of The Old Gaffers Association, local yachts representing the Royal Northumberland Yacht Club, rowing skiffs from Blyth Community Rowing Club and the resident Blyth Tall Ship – the Williams II.

The Royal Navy will be also be in attendance with some of its Archer Class patrol vessels and the RNLI will be providing water rescue demonstrations.

The exciting waterside programme at the event, which will take place on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, features yacht racing and skiff races and it will culminate in a grand parade of sail.

Among the attractions for the whole family are fairground rides, live entertainment at the stage area from a variety of local talent, specialist food outlets, licenced bars, local crafts and community group stalls.

The regatta is being organised by the Blyth Tall Ship Project and Blyth Development Trust and it is supported by the Port of Blyth and many associated organisations. Entry is free.

In 2016, thousands of visitors flocked to Blyth for the Tall Ships weekend. It was one of the biggest ever events to be held in Northumberland.

Activities stretched from the beach to the town centre and the weekend highlights included the Crew Parade and the re-imagining of the Blyth Carnival, organised by Headway Arts.

Those who went along also enjoyed circus and street theatre and a spectacular evening fireworks display.

A total of 80 sail trainees joined the vessels at Blyth to take part in the race to Gothenburg.

For more information about the upcoming regatta, call Karen Walker at Blyth Development Trust on 01670 357328 or email Clive Gray – clive@blythtallship.co.uk – or Tony Flisher – tony@blythtallship.co.uk