Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Confession

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Confession

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Byline: By Lisa Marshall

I don't know about anyone else but I found the departure of the Tall Ships a bit sad. My home town Blyth was host to 10 of the ships and I found myself at the port almost every night, mixing with the crews. Chris and I even got the opportunity to take a trip out on one of the yachts, which was a fantastic experience. Before the ships left Blyth to set sail for the Tyne, the town put on a spectacular firework display for them. I was really choked watching it (nothing to do with the carton of chips that I was ramming down my throat at the speed of light). And Blyth's firework display was even rumoured to be better than the Quayside's attempt.

Chris and I were chuffed to be invited to the international crew party, held in a marquee at Blyth beach, days before they left. We arrived to an amazing sound known as Boom Whackers. These are coloured lengths of plastic tubing that you whack together to create sound. Approximately 200 people were boom whacking in united rhythm while we were trying to fight our way to the bar.

The atmosphere was fantastic. Girls on stilts were parading the floor (wearing what your mother would call a belt), encouraging people to dance, while a magician mingled in the crowd to do some card tricks. He was the double of Joe Pasquale and I was even more gobsmacked to discover he talked exactly like him.

As the night progressed, professional break-dancers propelled themselves across the dance floor to show us an amazing routine. I'm sure I've done half of the moves myself when stumbling home on a Friday night, but they weren't necessarily intentional.

I learned one of the guys I had the fortune to go out sailing with was partly responsible for arranging all of the marvellous acts. Both James Stenner and Brian Pennells have recently graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in event management. In addition to them taking part in the Tall Ships Race, they grabbed the opportunity to arrange two weeks' entertainment for the youngsters that were docked at Blyth. …

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