Reflecting on success

Stallholder Line Mortensen arranges her display
Stallholder Line Mortensen arranges her display
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SHIP’S bosses are reflecting on a “first” which proved to be a real winner with the public.

HMS Trincomalee, at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, hosted Peblsfloat which was a festival of Seaham seaglass that is known to be highly collectable.

The first everUK sea glass festival of its kind was held aboard HMS Tricomalee. Some of the pieces on display.

The first everUK sea glass festival of its kind was held aboard HMS Tricomalee. Some of the pieces on display.

David McKnight, general manager of HMS Trincomalee Trust, said: “There were some fantastic pieces of seaglass.

“We even had one lady on board who had been to the first ever festival of seaglass in the USA and now the first one in the UK.”

The trust was approached by Paula Newman, from Seaham, who runs a company making jewellery from seaglass, and she wanted to hold a festival on the ship.

It was agreed that the Trinc, the second-oldest warship afloat, would host the event, which is thought to be a first for the UK.

But for those wanting more fun on the histroic ship, there’s plenty to look forward to.

This Friday, a singer with a unique link to Trincomalee will be back to give a performance.

Richard Grainger holds the unique honour of composing and performing a song in tribute to Trincomalee.

He first sang it on her decks when she was moved into the dry dock where she now stands, in 1993.

He will sing the song again when he performs at a live music night on Friday from 7.30pm, with tickets costing £6.

Mr McKnight said: “He is coming back to perform on the Mess Deck and he will be doing a couple of live sets for us.”

The Live at the Trinc music season then continues with The Young’uns on Friday, August 30.

They will be playing on the mess deck. Doors open at 7pm, with live music from around 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 and the event is for adults only.

Further into the year, Mambo Jambo will be playing on board HMS Trincomalee on Friday, September 27, and tickets have already been released.

The event starts at 7pm and will also feature limbo dancing.

Tickets are £7 and are available from the ticket office.

A more formal event on Saturday, October 19, sees the Trafalgar Night Commemorative Dinner taking place.

More details are available from the ticket office on on (01429) 223193.