SEAFARERS are being urged to back the first event of its kind in Hartlepool.
The town is hosting its first ever Boat and Caravan Jumble and Auction on Sunday, July 17, at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience (HME).
There will be action-packed entertainment on the marina, as well as an auction of new and used boats and caravans of all shapes and sizes and a range of spare parts on offer.
The event has been organised by HMS Trincomalee, Hartlepool Borough Council and Hartlepool Marina.
Organisers say auction lots are coming in all the time, but among those already listed are a 30ft Princess flybridge cruiser, which will have a reserve of £26,000 and has a market value of about £45,000.
Also up for grabs is a 16ft Sea Jeep boat, a speedboat for waterskiing, anchors, a ship’s wheel, gearboxes, rope, sails, propellers, boat models and even the masthead light from a trawler.
The fun starts at 9.30am with a high-octane display on the marina by the ever-popular Thundercat speedboats and a mini parade of sail.
The jumble will open at 10.30am in the HME car park, featuring stands for both private and trade sellers.
The auction itself will get underway at 1pm in the HME’s Baltic Suite – all the auction lots will be available to view at HME on the day from 11am.
Katie Hammond, the council’s cultural events officer, said: “Although this is the first time we have organised an event like this, we know that they are extremely popular in other parts of the country, with boat fans in particular travelling miles to find that important spare part or piece of equipment.
“Why not make yourself some extra money by setting up your own stall to sell boat or caravan parts or equipment? – or you might even want to sell your own boat or caravan.”
David McKnight, HMS Trincomalee general manager, added: “You don’t have to have a boat or caravan to enjoy the day – it’s fun to just browse, or you might find a great piece of nautical memorabilia with which to decorate your home.”
The auction catalogue will be available on line from 15 July at www.hmstrincomalee.co.uk
For more information about the auction – including how to bid or submit lots for sale and the auction fees and charges – contact Mr McKnight on 01429 223193 or email: email@example.com
Anyone interested in taking a private or commercial trading stand at the event should contact Ms Hammond on (01429) 523459 or email: Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org