Tall Ships provide a major boost to Blyth

Tall Ships provide a major boost to Blyth

Businesses across Northumberland are reaping the benefits of the weekend’s North Sea Tall Ships Regatta which attracted thousands of visitors to the region.

The four-day festival in Blyth was the UK's only Regatta in 2016 and was the diamond anniversary of the annual event.

As well as 23 majestic tall ships, the largest event to ever have taken place in Northumberland, the event offered more than 1.5 miles of free entertainment.  

Over 1,000 staff and volunteers worked during the event, with many accommodation providers in Northumberland sold out over the course of the weekend.

There were also 140 volunteers, again most from Northumberland, who helped over the four event day event in various roles.

Northumberland County Council, in partnership with the Port of Blyth and Sail Training International, hosted the prestigious Regatta.

Martin Lawlor, chief executive of the port, said: “The port, the people, the ships and everyone else involved this weekend has done Blyth and the wider region proud.

"While we are sorry to see the ships go the impact they have brought will be felt well into the future.”

Visitors were able to climb on board some of the ships, enjoy free family fun, live music, street theatre, fair ground rides as well as a nightly fireworks and evening performance.  

Cllr Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at Northumberland County Council, added: “The last four days have been a magnificent and memorable event - to see the joy and excitement with thousands of people who enjoyed themselves is something that will be a lasting memory for me.”

A detailed analysis will be taking place over the next few weeks to evaluate the event and to determine the extent of the impact on the local and regional economy, which was expected to be in the region of £8m.


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