WATCH: Fergusons of Blyth principal sponsor for Tall Ships

A Blyth firm has been confirmed as the principal sponsor for a prestigious Tall Ships event coming to Northumberland next year.

The Port of Blyth is the starting host port for the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016, an event involving some of the largest and most spectacular Tall Ships in the world.

For the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016 the principal sponsor  has been announced:as Fergusons. 'Martin Lawlor, chief executive, Port of Blyth, Councillor Val Tyler, Cabinet member for Arts, Leisure and Culture at Northumberland County Council and  Alan Ferguson, executive chairman, Fergusons of Blyth are seen at the annaouncement of the partnership.'Picture by Jane Coltman

For the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016 the principal sponsor has been announced:as Fergusons. 'Martin Lawlor, chief executive, Port of Blyth, Councillor Val Tyler, Cabinet member for Arts, Leisure and Culture at Northumberland County Council and Alan Ferguson, executive chairman, Fergusons of Blyth are seen at the annaouncement of the partnership.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Fergusons of Blyth, founded in 1926 by the grandfather of the current chairman, Alan Ferguson, started the transport, removals and warehousing business in premises next to where the Tall Ships will berth

Alan Ferguson is very excited to be involved in the Regatta. He said: “We are very pleased to be sponsoring such a major event in Blyth given our long association with the town and the port.

“We are celebrating our 90th anniversary in 2016 so this is an opportunity we couldn’t afford to miss. Blyth is going to be an amazing place to be in and visit when the Tall Ships come to the port in August next year.”

Organisers have announced that 13 vessels have already signed up for the Regatta which takes place during the August Bank Holiday weekend next year from August 26 to 29.

Port of Blyth chief executive, Martin Lawlor, said: “We are delighted to have Fergusons Transport on board as main sponsor which is very appropriate given their links to Blyth.

“The event is clearly gathering pace and with a large number of vessels already signed up we are confident it is going to be a fantastic event for sponsors and visitors alike.”

Ships that have confirmed their participation include the Christian Radich, Norway (Class A): Length: 71:73m; and the Fryderyk Chopin, Poland (Class A): Length: 52:84m.

The first ships are expected to arrive from Wednesday, August 24. The ships will then set off on a race leg to Gothenburg which hosts the Tall Ships 3-6 September.

Northumberland County Council leader, Coun Grant Davey, said: “Fergusons Transport is a Northumberland business built on the hard work of its family and staff over generations and we are delighted that they are extending their links with Blyth by becoming the Regatta’s principal sponsor.”

Businesses wanting to find out more about the exciting opportunities the event is bringing to Northumberland are encouraged to contact Lesley Strickland, Tall Ships Project Manager, on 01670 624760.

For more information on the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta 2016, visit: http://www.tallshipsblyth2016.com/

Pictures and video by Jane Coltman.