Writers urged to use Tall Ships Races memories to enter North-East competition

Dated  07/08/2010'The Tall Ships Race 2010 'The Tall Ships docked in Hartlepool marina this morning (Sat), including vessels that have travelled from as far as Indonesia and Russia, where locals are flocking to see the ships before they depart tomorrow afternoon (Sun)' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES
Dated 07/08/2010'The Tall Ships Race 2010 'The Tall Ships docked in Hartlepool marina this morning (Sat), including vessels that have travelled from as far as Indonesia and Russia, where locals are flocking to see the ships before they depart tomorrow afternoon (Sun)' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES
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HARTLEPOOL’S memorable Tall Ships Races provided the inspiration for an entry in a competition to highlight the North-East.

Writers are urged to show their pride for their part of the North-East by entering the annual competition, which is supported by the Mail.

The Northumbrian Association Writing Competition is calling for authors to pen a short story or poem showing how proud they are of a local place, person or thing in no more than 500 words.

Sophie Hebblethwaite, aged 12, has written a short story about the Tall Ships Races when thousands of people visited Hartlepool in the summer of 2010 to welcome ships and people from all over the world.

She wrote: “The interesting sound of the seagulls made me wonder what it was like to live by the sea. Smelling the fresh ocean air, it was almost as if we were sailing on the wide ocean.”

The competition is split into three age categories. The youngest is for primary school children up to school year 6, and another up to Year 11 in secondary school.

The final category is for writers in school year 12 to adults.

Each winner will receive an award presented at a prestigious ceremony at Washington Old Hall in October.

The deadline for entries is July 31 and they should be sent to Dawn Bentley, 6 Cannock, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 6QZ.

Alternatively email dbentley55@btinternet.com