Town to showcase maritime heritage

It is hoped that some of the cruising Tall Ships may call along the coast to Newbiggin similar to the visits earlier this month.
It is hoped that some of the cruising Tall Ships may call along the coast to Newbiggin similar to the visits earlier this month.

With less than eight weeks to go until the Tall Ships come to Northumberland, an event further up the coast is gaining momentum.

Newbiggin Maritime Festival will run in parallel with the planned Blyth event between August 27 and 29.

It will include a variety of activities at the Maritime Centre, Rocket House, Lifeboat House, along the promenade, the beach, at sea and in the shopping areas.

The initiative is being led by Newbiggin Maritime Centre and it involves all community groups and town traders co-ordinating a busy weekend diary, all with a view of the celebrations such as the firework displays and sail out down the coast at Blyth.

Newbiggin will be looking to welcome many of the thousands of visitors in area for the Tall Ships weekend and showcase the many activities and displays it has to offer.

The Maritime Centre will be celebrating Mary Joicey’s 50th birthday with a series of special displays and events and a special opening is planned at the Rocket House to mark 150 years since the building was constructed.

The lifeboat station, built in 1851, will welcome visitors to see the records of the many rescues that have begun at these rare buildings and there will be sea displays at Newbiggin Bay, music in the bandstand, beach-based pirate themed children’s fun and a stunning flower festival at St Bartholomew’s Church, among other activities.

Full details for the weekend programme will be available shortly at the Maritime Centre and some town shops.