Town's maritime heritage celebrated in spectacular style at festival
PUBLISHED: 12:29 11 September 2019 | UPDATED: 12:29 11 September 2019
Large crowds were entertained by sea shanties and spectacular ship appearances as the Maritime Festival returned to Great Yarmouth for its 20th year.
The event, which celebrates the town's rich maritime heritage, took place across Saturday and Sunday.
Hundreds of people lined South Quay to get a glimpse of the Royal Navy's HMS Bangor - a Sandown-class minehunter - which made a special appearance.
The festival was organised by Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA) alongside sponsors Seajacks, E.ON, Equinor, Gardline and Cavalier Chalets.
Chairman of GYTABIA, Lindon Bevan, said: "The Maritime Festival is a fantastic event for Great Yarmouth and we will ensure that the legacy will continue and go from strength to strength.
"We would like to thank everyone who took part in making it the success that it was."
Other attractions included Iceni wind farm vessels, steam ship George Stephenson and Captain Jack Sparrow.
While the festival was free, many people gave donations of £2 and more towards next year's festival.
GYTABIA company secretary, Matt Smith, said: "Having the Minerva to take the public out for sailings and working with the Royal Navy was absolutely fantastic.
"We are looking forward to planning ahead for next year to make it bigger and better."
New additions to the festival including street performances, a giant inflatable lobster and 'Beach Patrol' - an act featuring a 7ft-tall bathers on bouncing stilts - kept families entertained across the two days.
A number of visitors took to social media following the event to share their experiences.
One user said: "It was a very good day, dare I say, much better than last year."
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Another added: "A brilliant event. Well done to all involved."
GYTABIA was launched in 2014 and has put on a number of events across the last couple of years including the Air Show, Wheels Festival and Gorleston Clifftop festival.
Last month it received the news it would get a second term - lasting five years - following a vote on the business improvement district (BID).
The aim of GYTABIA is to help and support local businesses by hosting events around the borough.