Shaking it up on Trincomalee

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A MASS dance event with a difference is shaping up to be a sellout - and anyone wanting tickets better grab them fast.

That was the message from bosses at the tourist attraction HMS Trincomalee which is planning an event called a “belly dance convivial” on Friday, May 16.

It is the first time that the ship has hosted an event devoted entirely to the art form of belly dancing and the public have already showed a keen interest.

Around 120 tickets were originally on sale and David McKnight, the general manager of the HMS Trincomalee Trust, said: “We are well through selling most of them.”

But some are still left and Mr McKnight believes the audience for next month’s event is likely to be a little different from the ones which normally attend Trincomalee events.

He said:“This is a dance showcase and the appreciative audience is likely to be fellow people from the dance community. They might not necessarily be belly dancers but they will probably have an interest in other forms of dance.”

The event will start at 7pm and Mr McKnight said: “It will be supported by a full light and sound show.”

Tickets are £5 each and more details are available from (01429) 223193, and from the Trincomalee Trust’s Facebook page.

The ship is also the venue for a performance on Friday, April 25, by singer Richard Grainger.

The well known folk singer will be performing as part of the Live at the Trinc series of gigs which have become a hit on the ship’s mess deck.

Tickets are £6, Doors open at 7pm for the performance at 7.30pm.

Mr McKnight said: “Richard was the man who sang on the Trincomalee when she first came into the dock and he wrote a song about the ship.”

Anyone wanting tickets or more details should contact the Trust on (01429) 223193.