Tall ship spectacle at Maritime Festival

MORE than a dozen vessels, including three stunning tall ships, are sailing into port for the 10th anniversary Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival next weekend.

MORE than a dozen vessels, including three stunning tall ships, are sailing into port for the 10th anniversary Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival next weekend.

The three tall ships The Artemis, Grand Turk and Lord Nelson will provide a majestic sight along South Quay.

The Artemis, an elegant three-masted barque, will set sail for her first passenger sailing at 9am on Thursday, returning between 12.30 and 1pm. The second passenger sailing leaves 4pm.

The Grand Turk, a replica 18th century frigate, will set sail on Friday at 8.30am returning around 10.30am.

The Artemis will set sail at 9.30am, back between 12.30 - 1pm. The second passenger sailing leaves 5pm.

The opening ceremony takes place on South Quay 10am Saturday, for an opportunity to take pictures call 07919 592392.

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Other ships coming into port include the Jubilee Sailing Trust's Lord Nelson, one of only two square-rigged tall ships in the world designed and built to enable people with different physical abilities to sail side-by-side, the MV Coronia from Scarborough, the HMS Raider, the Excelsior and the Wherry Hathor.

As well as the four ships open to the public, visitors can also enjoy shanty and maritime music at the Main Stage, The Fo'c'sle and Horatio's Bar on South Quay,

Artists include the Tyneside Maritime Chorus, the Cromer Smugglers and The Jolly Rogers from Centre 81.

The Newfoundland dogs will perform their amazing water rescue displays on Saturday and Sunday morning. Painting, ceramics, knot tying, net mending, knot tying and lace making will be on display at the popular demonstrator's marquee.

The Feast of Fish marquee includes a special 'ready, steady cook' challenge on Saturday afternoon. Walk about entertainment includes Horatio Herring, Admiral Nelson and East Norfolk Militia.

The festival is open both days, 10am to 4pm, and free to attend, donations appreciated.

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