Thousands join in the fun at Harwich Sea Shanty Festival
Thousands descended on Harwich seafront for the town’s 12th annual Sea Shanty festival today.
The event saw singing groups from all over the world belt out seafaring songs for the delighted crowds alongside battle reenactments, dancing and a host of delicious food.
Jon Fitzgerald, who organises the event with his wife Pam, said this year’s festival had been a huge success.
“It has been manic,” he said, “the seafront was packed and all the pubs were heaving.
“People came from all over to sing at the festival - we had an Italian group, a Spanish group, a Dutch group.
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“We even had one guy who had come all the way from America.
“As the event has got bigger, people have come to us wanting to sing.
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“It is on the calender as one of the town’s big maritime events.
“It has been very successful, it gets better every year.”
Mr Fitzgerald said they are looking at extending next year’s festival to three days.