Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Boarding Party Gets Shore Leave; the Tall ShipsRaces 2010: Set Sail for Hartlepool

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Boarding Party Gets Shore Leave; the Tall ShipsRaces 2010: Set Sail for Hartlepool

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checks out what's on offer.

THE TALL SHIPS RACES 2010 weigh anchor at Hartlepool this weekend.

The event, one of the biggest maritime parties in the world, will see a million people descend on the town for the four day festival.

Running from tomorrow until Tuesday visitors can expect entertainment, music, comedy and some of the biggest ships in the business.

The Tall Ships Village has been established especially for the event and houses three zones -Earth (trade stands, Hot Potato Cabaret and health marquees), Wind (world market, corporate hospitality and Tall Ships) and Fire (main entertainment stage and main bar). Other events are also taking place on the Headland, at Hartlepool Art Gallery and the town centre.

Today KAREN McLAUCHLAN checks out what's on offer.

THREE nights of fun-packed comedy, music and cabaret are heading for Hartlepool.

The Hot Potato Cabaret Marquee has a packed line-up which runs from Saturday to Monday.

Expect thrills, spills and belly laughs galore in the first half of the show, followed by madcap musical antics from the likes of huge local favourites The Wildcats Of Kilkenny and special guest Jessica (Over The Rainbow) Robinson, Glastonbury favourites The Bagdhaddies, top Elvis tribute Niall Southall and the soul-pop brilliance of The Jessie Rose Trip.

The shows, all FREE, run from 5-10.30pm in a dedicated 400 capacity tent with a mix of seating and standing in the Earth Zone of the Tall Ships Village.

Admission is on a strictly first come first served basis, and organisers are advising people to get down early to bag their place.

The three-night feast is a team effort between Hartlepool Council and promoters Ten Feet Tall, the same team behind the town's monthly Hot Potato Comedy Club.

Clare Irvine of Hartlepool Council says: "We're really looking forward to this. …

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