Record turn-out at the 10th Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival

Pirates and river rogues at Manningtree Station before boarding the special train to the Harwich Int

Pirates and river rogues at Manningtree Station before boarding the special train to the Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival. Picture: Paul Turvey - Credit: Archant

Bumper crowds turned sea dogs for the weekend at the 10th Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival.

Inner State Theatre Company re-enact the Battle of Trafalgar at the Redoubt Fort for the Harwich Int

Inner State Theatre Company re-enact the Battle of Trafalgar at the Redoubt Fort for the Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival. Picture: Paul Turvey - Credit: Archant

The annual event saw entertainers from across the world take over venues across the town performing sea shanties old and new to the delight of audiences.

There were also lots of family fun events, including at the Redoubt Fort where the Inner State Theatre Group re-enacted the Battle of Trafalgar, and on specially-themed trains which ferried pirates from Manningtree to the town.

Co-organiser Pam Fitzgerald said: “It went brilliantly. We were thrilled to bits with the way it went.

“We think more people than ever before came along, and in just one venue where we could count the crowds we had more than 1,000 people.

“Everywhere in the town was crowded, and the concert in the Electric Palace on Saturday night was nearly full, despite it being a venue three times of what we would normally use.

“There were a number of highlights, including the Beards and Beanies competition where people knitted and integrated beard and beanie hat.

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“Groups from all over the world came and people travelled from a long way to see the festival.”

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