December 7 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 8, 2013
The second day of the 14th Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival is underway with thousands of people visiting the town to celebrate the region’s maritime past and future.
The festival on South Quay is free but it is hoped a donation of £1 per visitor towards festival costs will be made.
This year’s main attractions are the Dutch square-rigged tall ship the Morgenster - which is also taking people out on sailing trips, and the 82-year-old steam tug Challenge, which was the last steam tug to work on the Thames.
Declaring the 2013 festival officially open yesterday (Saturday), deputy mayor of Yarmouth Colleen Walker said: “Let’s enjoy what the weekend has to offer and do what Great Yarmouth does best, have fun.”
Shanty and maritime music is being performed throughout the weekend at three different venues on South Quay.
New visiting shanty groups are Nine Tenths Below from the North-West and Baggyrinkle from Swansea. Other performers at the festival are Sheringham Shantymen, Capstan Full Strength, Crossjack from Germany, The Jolly Rogers from Centre 81, Benny Graham and Chuck Fleming, the Mollyhawks and DPA Performing Arts Academy Gorleston.
Visitors are also meeting Admiral Nelson, Mrs Hamilton, Lofty the Lighthouse and Horatio Herring; enjoy military re-enactments from East Norfolk Militia, street theatre from Inner State, punch and judy shows with Professor Pulson and face painting and balloon modelling.
The BBC Summer of Wildlife stage will enable young visitors to discover creatures filmed off the coast of Norfolk and find out what an underwater camera can see. Find out about the Broads and local nature reserves and make a dragonfly, a butterfly feeder or a flying wristband with the RSPB, or have a go at making herring kites and shark’s tooth necklaces with Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
And a maritime masterpiece will be painted before the eyes of visitors, who can also see lace making and spinning and have a go at making a fisherman’s net. There’s also face painting with a nautical theme.
The festival runs 10am to 5pm today (Sunday), with the official closing ceremony on the main stage from 4.30pm.
•For more photos from the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival visit www.norfolk.iwitness24.co.uk.