Historic vessels to join the fleet at Yarmouth’s Maritime Festival

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Earl of Pembroke - Credit: Archant

Nostalgia steams and sails into Great Yarmouth on September 10 and 11 when the annual Maritime Festival moors up with a fleet of fascinating vessels.

Maritime festival Yarmouth

Maritime festival Yarmouth - Credit: Archant

East Anglians will revel in the return of the Regal Lady pleasure boat to the port where she was built and the local waterways where she took thousands of trippers on fun voyages.

She is among an armada of guest ships which includes historic sailing and military ships, and lifeboats.

The festival also features spectacular jet ski stunt displays on the river, and a rare chance to tour a brand new offshore support vessel.

And the quaysides will be lined with the sounds of live sea shanty music, smells of herring cooking in a throwback to the town's fishery heydays, along with street entertainment, crafts and children's activities.

There could also be a different, softer, cuddlier look to the quay, after a raid by the Norfolk Ninja Knitters who aim to add some woolly trimmings to some of the street furniture.

The event, which is the biggest in the Yarmouth events calendar, draws 30,000 people to the resort's port. Entry is free but donations of £1 a person is appreciated to help fund future festivaIs.

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Find out more about the festival at www.maritime-festival.co.uk, follow GYMaritime on Twitter or visit the festival Facebook page. Souvenir guides for £1 with full details are available at the event.

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