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Great fun at the Maritime festival on South Quay

maritime festival 06 2016The festival got off to the traditional start with the sound of canon-fire and the Sea Cadets band


The prominent vessels moored along the quay were, the Earl of Pembroke, a 44m long schooner from 1945,which had sailed into Great Yarmouth to mark the start of a weekend of maritime relaxation for the town; and the Esvagt Njord, which will transport maintenance crew to the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm off Cromer. The 80-metre Esvagt Njord, named after the Nordic god of the sea, will transfer technicians to the 67 turbines off the north Norfolk coast


The Great Yarmouth Seafarers Centre was open to serve, tea, coffee, and cakes in a friendly relaxed environment 

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The GYSC stall in the crafts tent, was selling various goods of maritime interest, but also included sand art and their newest acquisition, the Buzz Wire game.  The game is played like the 1970s kids game, Operation, with contetestants trying to negotiation the letters GYS without touching the wire and getting a buzzmaritime festival 03 2016
This was an immensely popular challenge, with those watching in awe.   You can see the Mayor, Councillor Michael Bird having a go alongside


maritime festival 01 2016Included on the stall also was 'guess the weight of the cake' competition.  The cake was made and expertly decorated by volunteer, Sammy (see picture left)

There was an abundance of things to see and do, including:

  • maritime festival 13 2016Earl of Pembroke: 44m long schooner from 1945 which has been in more than a dozen films and TV series including Hornblower and Treasure Island. Go on board for adults and children 5-16

  • Regal Lady: Built in Fellowes Yard at Yarmouth in 1935, served in the Dunkirk fleet of Little Ships and ran pleasure trips around the Broads rivers and coast before moving to Scarborough in 1987. River cruises

  • Esvagt SOV: Guided tours of a stunning-looking state-of-the-art support vessel, named at Great Yarmouth the day before and which will work at the Dudgeon wind farm off Norfolk. Guided tours of 25 mins

  • maritime festival 04 2016Lydia Eva: the last steam drifter built at King’s Lynn, which worked out of Yarmouth until her last haul in 1938. Now restored as a living museum of the herring fishery

  • Laura Moncur: restored former 1960 RNLI Buckie and reserve fleet lifeboat which saved 47 lives

  • Leila: 12m cutter rigged leisure boat from 1892 now used for youth sail training

  • Albatros: 18m tug and ice breaker seized for war duty by the Germans in 1940

  • RV Belgica: 51m research vessel from Zeebrugge manned by a Belgian Navy crew

  • Samarbeta: current Great Yarmouth and Gorleston all-weather RNLI lifeboat whose name is Swedish for working together

  • MTB102: 1937 motor torpedo boat which saw war action mainly in the English Channel and starred in the 1976 film The Eagle Has Landed

  • Anna TX37: A two-masted schooner from Oostende built in 1937, used as a fishing boat until 1977 and now a charter sailing ship

  • maritime festival 10 2016jet ski display team: choreographed back flips, barrel rolls and dives by the DJR Freestyle riders. Street entertainment: wacky promenading boat and shanty singing from the Inner State Theatre Company

  • East Coast Militia: New battle scene re-enactment and musket fire from the eve of Waterloo

  • vintage mobile cinema: showing maritime-themed short films and mini movies looking behind the scenes of local tourism. Free heritage walks also begin from the converted vintage bus

  • Town Hall: The Biggest Untold Story of WW2 unpublished archive footage of rescue tugs by songwriter and D-Day veteran Jim Radford. Also model boat display and illustrated talks on maritime Yarmouth

  • maritime festival 07 2016children’s activities: craft marquee for making a pirate’s hat or jellyfish. RSPB marquees with a chance to make a dragonfly, butterfly feeder and flying wristband. Nature exploration with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Punch and Judy

  • exhibitions: knitting, knot making, art, pottery, gansey making, spinning, lace-making, crafts, boat building, fisheries, marine conservation, and charity stalls


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