It was everything we hoped it would be and much more besides.

As the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta makes its way to Gothenburg, let's reflect on what has been a landmark weekend for the town of Blyth and the county as a whole.

There were many logistical hurdles to overcome in staging the largest event to ever have taken place in Northumberland - bringing thousands of visitors in and out of Blyth each day, ensuring the 1.5 miles of site was kept clean and tidy, working with event organisers to make sure the pre-planned events happened on time - the list goes on.

As well as majestic tall ships there was a wealth of free entertainment. Visitors were able to climb on board some of the ships, enjoy free family fun, live music, street theatre, fair ground rides as well as a nightly fireworks and evening performances.

Highlights included the crew parade and re-enacted Blyth carnival which involved 1,000 people on the Saturday afternoon. It also included a nightly fireworks performance which was accompanied by a specially commissioned film and musical score.

The event culminated in the magnificent parade of sail on Monday afternoon, when the Tall Ships left the Port of Blyth, accompanied by up to 70 flotillas and sailed down the coast to St Mary's Lighthouse before sailing five miles out to sea ready to start their 500 nautical miles race to Gothenburg. This event alone was viewed by thousands of people lining the coast.

Whilst visitor numbers are still being worked on, we know hundreds of thousands of people from across the UK visited the event and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Thanks must also go to all our sponsors, whose support made the event possible. Fergusons of Blyth, one of the UK’s leading privately owned haulage companies and the biggest in the North East, was the Principal Sponsor for the event in celebration of their 90th Anniversary.

One of the main aims of the Regatta was to "create memories for thousands of people". We certainly did this and the 1,700 people who worked on this event can be proud of the part they played.

Thank you for coming!

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