Hundreds of thousands of visitors expected to flock to Hartlepool again for Tall Ships

Hartlepool council chiefs hope to provide something for everyone when Hartlepool plays host to the Tall Ships Races again in two years time.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 4:11 pm
Hartlepool Tall Ships partners celebrate the town being chosen to be a host port in 2023. Front from left Coun Shane Moore, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council and Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor. Back from left Clare Duncan, Operation Manager of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Denise McGuckin, Hartlepool Borough Council Managing Director, Gemma Ptak, Hartlepool Borough Council Assistant Director and Allan Henderson, Director of Hartlepool Marina Ltd.

The date of the event is still to be confirmed but it will be come to town in summer 2023.

Once again it is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Hartlepool

And organisers say it can provide a big boost to the town’s economy.

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Singer Ian Monaghan of Hartlepool band White Negroes entertained the crowds at a night time concert during the 2010 event.

Details of events and attractions that will be on offer in addition to the chance to see ships from across the world will now start to be planned.

Managing director of Hartlepool Borough Council, Denise McGuckin, said they hope to stage live evening performances like in 2010.

She said: “There will be a lot of preparation but we’re experienced in holding these big events so we can draw on that experience and make sure that we deliver yet another fabulous event for Hartlepool.

"It will also bring in hundreds of thousands of visitors who will be spending in Hartlepool and seeing what a wonderful offer we have here around the marina.

"It has the potential to bring in hundreds of thousands of pounds if not more.”

A variety of musicians and comedians performed at the event in 2010 including Manchester band Doves, Hartlepool’s White Negroes and TV comedian Shaun Locke.

Ms McGuckin added: “We will know nearer the time what activities are planned to keep people occupied.

"We absolutely hope to do live performances on the evening and different things to cater for all different audiences.”

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