Your magical maritime memories go on show

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WOW! What a response.

Mail readers got off to a great start when we asked for people to send us the photographs they took during the Hartlepool leg of The Tall Ships Races.

We are after your memories of the biggest event ever to come to town so that we can pick the best to feature in an exhibition at Hartlepool Art Gallery later this month.

Within hours of asking for your support, you had sent us all sorts of pictures and here are some of the early entries.

We already have great images of ship’s bells, class A giants and the vast crowds looking round the tall ships village. One reader, Tom Ward, captured an image of tall ships skippers meeting the locals.

Thanks to everyone who has already responded but we want more!

It is almost a year since dozens of sailing ships came to Hartlepool in the biggest festival the town has ever seen.

Now is your chance to re-live it all by becoming part of an exhibition to celebrate the first anniversary of the town leg of The Tall Ships Races.

It does not matter if you are an amateur camera man or woman who took quick snaps – or a keen picture-taker whose passion is photography.

We want you to send in those photographs which you took during the races.

These pictures are some of those taken by our photographers, but we know there will be hundreds of others taken by people all over town and throughout the North-East.

Whether it is pictures of ships, crews, quayside fun or just general merriment during the nautical event, we want your photographic memories.

We will choose up to 15 winners and they will win the opportunity of having their photographic work put on public display at The Tall Ships Races – One Year On exhibition to be held at Hartlepool Art Gallery, from June 25 to August 31.

The winning photographs will be put on show as part of the Mail’s section within the exhibition.

The best will also be included in a digital display.

So come on readers. Get your photographs out and send them to Chris Cordner via email at by Wednesday, June 15.

It could be your work going on show this summer.