THAMES TALL SHIPS FESTIVALS ANNOUNCED
 

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Details have been released of Greenwich’s next Tall Ships festival due to take place in 2017 featuring around 50 ships.

Meanwhile next month around 15 tall ships will visit the Thames and offer trips along the river. The event is being held between August 27th -31st . Full details at www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/ tallships2015

The 2017 event will be held over four days, beginning Thursday April 13th, the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

A fleet of up to 50 Tall Ships is due to take part, starting from Royal Greenwich then crossing the North Atlantic to the USA, and visiting ports in Canada before arriving in Quebec City in July. It will mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation.

The festival will build on the success of the 2014 Tall Ships Festival in the borough, which attracted more than a million visitors and gave a massive boost to the local economy.

An independent report said it generated more than £17 million to the area, and was highly regarded by residents, visitors and businesses alike.

It was London’s first major Tall Ships Festival for 25 years, and created opportunities for local people in volunteering, sailing and performing in the cultural events.

The Greenwich Ship Tier close to the Cutty Sark has been booked for the 2017 event, and will be used to moor up to two larger tall ships.

The Port of London Authority is working on a mooring plan for central Greenwich that will enable more ships to be put on temporary moorings along the Greenwich waterfront from the Old Royal Naval College to Deptford.

It is also proposed to extend the festival site along the newly-developed Thames Path at Greenwich Reach to create a ships viewing area.

Councillor Miranda Williams, Greenwich Cabinet member for Culture and Creative industries, said: “The last Tall Ships Festival was truly thrilling, and put Royal Greenwich firmly on the map for the many thousands of visitors who came here. The 2017 event promises to be even better, and something that no local person should allow themselves to miss.”

Story dated August 3rd 2015.