Magical Tall Ships Races memories on show at exhibition

David Worthington gets a sneak preview of the exhibition
David Worthington gets a sneak preview of the exhibition

A COLOURFUL exhibition commemorating the Hartlepool leg of The Tall Ships Races is now on display to the public.

Hundreds of photographs showing scenes from last August’s event go on show to the public at the Hartlepool Art Gallery, in Church Square, from today.

One of the pictures on show at the Tall Ships photographic exhibition.

One of the pictures on show at the Tall Ships photographic exhibition.

The Tall Ships Races... One Year On includes pictures taken by Hartlepool Mail photographers, our readers and by local artists.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s museums and heritage manager David Worthington put the final preparations into place for the display yesterday.

He said: “This is an opportunity to re-live a really colourful and exciting part of Hartlepool.

“It recaptures the vibrancy and the element of people having a really good time.”

The exhibitions runs until Saturday, August 27, and reflects last year’s event when 970,000 visitors came to Hartlepool.

We saw 59 tall ships in town as well as 3,000 international crew members.

The races generated £29.6m of income for the local area.

Part of the display features five photographs which were submitted to a Mail competition.

We asked readers to enter a contest in which they could have their work on show at the gallery.

The first five readers to be chosen were Kath Gordon, Kevin McCammon, David Jackson, Brett Swain and Robert Donaldson.

Watch out though for more winners to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Five more photographs will go on show in a few weeks time and another set of five will be chosen for the final period of the display.

The art gallery is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10am-5pm.

It is closed on Sundays, Mondays and bank holidays.

For more details, contact (01429) 869706.