Hartlepool launches bid to bring back the Tall Ships Races back to the town in 2023

A bid has been launched to bring the Tall Ships Races back to the town for 2023.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 2:40 pm
The Tall Ships Races drew in huge crowds when it came to Hartlepool in 2010.

Hartlepool Borough Council has launched a bid to bring the event to the town’s marina once more following the success of the event in 2010, when hundreds of thousands of visitors from far and wide flocked to see the vessels as they visited as part of the world-famous celebration.

The council – working in partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, PD Ports and Hartlepool Marina Ltd – have submitted a bid to host The Tall Ships in 2023.

Council leader Shane Moore said: “Hartlepool has a proud maritime heritage and to host The Tall Ships again would be a huge honour.

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“Hartlepool Waterfront and its associated facilities are second to none and we proved during 2010 that we have the capability to host an event of this magnitude.

“Exciting plans have just been announced to redevelop the museum and the wider Hartlepool Waterfront site and I believe we would be a fitting venue for the Tall Ships in 2023.

“We have an enviable record for partnership working and Hartlepool Borough Council, The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool, PD Ports and Hartlepool Marina Ltd are proud to present this proposal for consideration.”

Hartlepool’s Tall Ships bid document and a supporting video – produced by local company In Studio – can be viewed at www.hartlepool.gov.uk/tall-ships

Gill Alexander, the council’s chief executive, added: “Securing the arrival of the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool has ensured the town has a permanent visitor destination of national significance and the council is delighted to be working in partnership with the museum, PD Ports and Hartlepool Marina Ltd to present this exciting proposal to host The Tall Ships in 2023.

“Alongside our friends at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, we’ve just announced big plans for the Hartlepool Waterfront site and by 2023 the early stages of redevelopment will be in place, which would help establish a wonderful setting for the event.”

The Tall Ships Races visited Sunderland in 2018.