THE world’s second oldest ship afloat has played host to an event with a difference.
A jazz night has been held aboard Hartlepool’s iconic tourist landmark, HMS Trincomalee – and it could be a taste of things to come.
Dozens of people turned up to watch North East group The Ruth Lambert Trio perform at the event, called Jazz on the Trincomalee.
David McKnight, the general manager of the HMS Trincomalee Trust, said: “It is the first time we have done live music on the ship and it is something we want to introduce on a regular basis.
“We wanted to see how it worked and it went well with people saying they wanted more. It was brilliantly atmospheric.
“We pre-sold 45 tickets and a few more on the door.”
Mr McKnight said a second jazz night could be held at around the ship’s anniversary date of October 12, although an exact date has yet to be confirmed.
In the meantime, more eye-catching events are on the way at the ship as it raises its profile.
It plays host to a wedding fair on Friday and Saturday with doors opening at 5pm for a two-hour fair on each night.
Mr McKnight said: “We have had a lot of interest from suppliers and we have filled the gun deck and the captain’s cabin and now we are trying to fill the mess deck.”
Another event on the way is the town’s second-ever boat auction on Sunday, September 25, although the starting time has yet to be fixed.
The first was held in July and was organised by HMS Trincomalee, Hartlepool Borough Council and Hartlepool Marina.
Once again, the event will be held at the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience and Mr McKnight said: “We have got 200 lots for it already.”
Anyone wanting more details on any of the events should contact (01429) 223193.