Thousands join in the fun at Harwich Sea Shanty Festival


The Shotley Crue ( cor) perform at Harwich Shanty Festival
Picture:Seana Hughes

The Shotley Crue ( cor) perform at Harwich Shanty Festival Picture:Seana Hughes

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.

Rogues Shanty Chorus perform at the pier in Harwich

Rogues Shanty Chorus perform at the pier in Harwich

Jon Fitzgerald, who organises the event with his wife Pam, said this year’s festival had been a huge success.

Spectators at Harwich Sea Shanty Festival on Saturday
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Spectators at Harwich Sea Shanty Festival on Saturday PICTURE:SEANA HUGHES

“It has been manic,” he said, “the seafront was packed and all the pubs were heaving.

Harwich Shanty Festival on Saturday
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Harwich Shanty Festival on Saturday PICTURE:SEANA HUGHES

“People came from all over to sing at the festival - we had an Italian group, a Spanish group, a Dutch group.


Rogues Shanty Chorus perform
PICTURE:SEANA HUGHES

Rogues Shanty Chorus perform PICTURE:SEANA HUGHES


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“We even had one guy who had come all the way from America.

Singers take a break at the Pier in Harwich for the Shanty Festival

Singers take a break at the Pier in Harwich for the Shanty Festival

“As the event has got bigger, people have come to us wanting to sing.


David Heath and Klay Connolly at the Quay in Harwich
Picture : Seana Hughes

David Heath and Klay Connolly at the Quay in Harwich Picture : Seana Hughes

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“It is on the calender as one of the town’s big maritime events.


Innner State perform at the Redoubt Fort
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Innner State perform at the Redoubt Fort Picture : seana hughes

“It has been very successful, it gets better every year.”


Mike Smylie with his smoked herrings at the Redoubt Fort
PICTURE:SEANA HUGHES

Mike Smylie with his smoked herrings at the Redoubt Fort PICTURE:SEANA HUGHES

Mr Fitzgerald said they are looking at extending next year’s festival to three days.

DOM DM at Harwich Station on Saturday

DOM DM at Harwich Station on Saturday

Alanna and Martha Harty in Harwich
PICTURE : SEANA HUGHES

Alanna and Martha Harty in Harwich PICTURE : SEANA HUGHES

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