Trinc shapes up for big shake up


ONE hundred belly dancers will converge on Hartlepool in a festival never before seen in the town.

Officials at the town tourist attraction HMS Trincomalee are lining up the event with a difference on May 16.

The festival will be called a Belly Dance Convivial and is expected to attract belly dancers from all parts of the North of England.

David McKnight, the general manager of the HMS Trincomalee Trust, is the man who is masterminding the event.

He said: “It will be a great mix of wonderful people, and it fits well with the background of the ship.”

HMS Trincomalee was built in 1816 at the Wadia Shipyards, at Bombay, near the teak forests of Malabar.

Master shipbuilder Jamsetjee Bomanjee Wadia supervised construction, one of 14 ships he would build for the Royal Navy during his life.

HMS Trincomalee was launched on October 12, 1817.

Mr McKnight added: “We will celebrate the Indian roots of the ship with belly dancing, and I suspect there will be 100 belly dancers there from across the North of England.”

He said the “first” for Hartlepool was part of a determined bid to create a huge events programme for the ship in 2014.

Mr McKnight has already established a mix of events on board the ship which, in 2013, included live music nights, and a wedding fair.

He also held a steampunk event which saw people dressed in extravagant costumes

Mr McKnight is promising more events of the same level of interest in the year ahead.

He added: “We are pursuing our aim of holding live music and fairs and lots more besides.”