Crowds enjoy 20th anniversary Great Yarmouth Maritime festival

A giant lobster kept the youngsters amused at the maritime festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Neil

A giant lobster kept the youngsters amused at the maritime festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

A popular festival celebrating a Norfolk town's rich seafaring history has been held for the 20th year.

All aboard! Tobias Nicholls-taylor, 6 from Cantley with friend Isobel Bass, 8 from Reedham on the S.

All aboard! Tobias Nicholls-taylor, 6 from Cantley with friend Isobel Bass, 8 from Reedham on the S.S. George Stephenson at the maritime festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival took place on Saturday and Sunday.

Amongst the attractions were the tall ship Minerva, which last visited five years ago, and a Dutch three-masted schooner which offered the public sailings on both days.

There was a surprise visit from the Navy's own HMS Bangor - a Sandown-class minehunter commissioned in 1999 to hunt mines using sonar.

Crowds enjoyed food, music, drinks and live entertainment with a shanty stage and plenty of fish and chips to go around.

The captain's parrot grabbed a quick forty winks on the S.S. George Stephenson at Great Yarmouth's m

The captain's parrot grabbed a quick forty winks on the S.S. George Stephenson at Great Yarmouth's maritime festival. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant


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While the festival was free, many gave donations of £2 and more towards next year's festival.

The newest attractions this year were the street performances and walkabout acts, as well as Captain Jack Sparrow, a giant inflatable lobster and 'Beach Patrol', an act featuring a 7ft-tall bathers on bouncing stilts.

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Keeping everyone safe and smiling, the comedy lifeguards at the maritime festival in Great Yarmouth.

Keeping everyone safe and smiling, the comedy lifeguards at the maritime festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

The elegance onboard the tall ship, Minerva at the maritime festival on Great Yarmouth's south quay.

The elegance onboard the tall ship, Minerva at the maritime festival on Great Yarmouth's south quay. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Mark Taylor, 47 from Stowbridge wearing a Royal Naval patrol service uniform. They were volunteer fi

Mark Taylor, 47 from Stowbridge wearing a Royal Naval patrol service uniform. They were volunteer fishermen and trawler minesweepers during World War 2. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Leading seaman Lewis Gardiner, 28 and Able rate Martin Murphy, 32 from HMS Bangor which docked at th

Leading seaman Lewis Gardiner, 28 and Able rate Martin Murphy, 32 from HMS Bangor which docked at the Maritime festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Kaleo Jeavons-Golding, 7 and Tobi Dyer, 7 enjoying the maritime festival in their home town of Great

Kaleo Jeavons-Golding, 7 and Tobi Dyer, 7 enjoying the maritime festival in their home town of Great Yarmouth on Sunday. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Roger Bourgein, 72 from Exmouth in Devon sang with the Exmouth Shanty Men at the maritime festival i

Roger Bourgein, 72 from Exmouth in Devon sang with the Exmouth Shanty Men at the maritime festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Gertie Seager-Church, 5 and Penelope Seager-Church learning all about shells at the maritime festiva

Gertie Seager-Church, 5 and Penelope Seager-Church learning all about shells at the maritime festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Judi Blyth, 67, Colleen Colby, 53, Joan Newman, 82 and Tracy Darling, 54 - all volunteers from Gorle

Judi Blyth, 67, Colleen Colby, 53, Joan Newman, 82 and Tracy Darling, 54 - all volunteers from Gorleston and and Great Yarmouth RNLI who were at the maritime festival on Sunday. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Inside the beautiful S.S. George Stephenson which was moored on the south quay for the maritime fest

Inside the beautiful S.S. George Stephenson which was moored on the south quay for the maritime festival in Great Yarmouth. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

The colourful stained-glass ceiling on the S.S George Stephenson at Great Yarmouth's maritime festiv

The colourful stained-glass ceiling on the S.S George Stephenson at Great Yarmouth's maritime festival. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

Historical reanactments at the maritime festival in Great Yarmouth over the weekend. Picture: Neil D

Historical reanactments at the maritime festival in Great Yarmouth over the weekend. Picture: Neil Didsbury - Credit: Archant

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