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Move to attract lucrative Tall Ships to Torbay

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 11, 2012

beautiful vessels:    Kevin Mowat

beautiful vessels: Kevin Mowat

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THE Tor Bay Tall Ships Association has got its sights set on more visitors to Tor Bay.

The newly-formed group is being headed by mayor Gordon Oliver to try to attract more of the lucrative vessels.

He said: "It has been my ambition to form this association for some years and it is great to have made a start.

"The Tall Ships ethos reflects the Bay's heritage over centuries when it has been a place of shelter for large and small vessels including Royal Navy ships.

"I am pleased to say that is still fulfils this task today.

"Tall Ship events can create national and international media attention and a range of opportunities for community involvement and enjoyment.

"There are also potential training opportunities for local young people".

Kevin Mowat, executive head of Tor Bay Harbour Authority, said: "The Tall Ship Stavros Niarchos is a regular visitor to Brixham, most recently visiting during Fishstock.

"The interest that Tall Ships generate in the Bay is always significant.

"They can attract large crowds who love to view these beautiful vessels and queues often form when they are open for onboard visits.

"In 2006, Tall Ships set sail from Torbay for a 50th anniversary celebration and the Duke of Edinburgh gave the signal to start the race, just as he did back in 1956.

"The Mayor was instrumental in organising the celebrations and helping with that event which saw a large number of Tall Ships on the start line in Tor Bay."

"We understand we cannot accommodate the larger vessels alongside our existing infrastructure, but we know we can host a Tall Ships event.

"To be able to attract more of these wonderful ships to the Bay would certainly be beneficial to residents and visitors and hopefully we can build on the 50th anniversary celebrations."

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  • Dave_David  |  December 12 2012, 12:40PM

    realityzone....what is 'incabable' ? You obviously went to the same school as gordon oliver, he cannot spell either. Mind you he has done nothing for the Bay that is new either, a let down that is what he is. Only 1 in 10 of the electorate voted for him, 90% of the electorate said he was useless and did not or would not vote for him. The same goes for all the councillors, just in it to subsidised their pensions, and as for darren cowell, he gets in everything, had the pleasure of sacking him at one time. The one thing I will agree with you is that the Herald Express under Jim Parker has gone from to worse to abysmal, mInd you he will be history soon when the new owners see the light. From cub reporter to editor in two moves, and he is an expert now judging competions and presenting awards at Plainmoor, never replacing Dave Thomas, that was his ambition. I just love it when the Herald Express say about attracting businesses to the towns of the Bay, they are the ones that abandoned the Bay and moved and printed elsewhere, kettle, pot and black come to mind. Where is this site run from Leicester. Earlier in the week the first five stories on this site were all from the pressroom at Devon and Somerset Fire Service, pinched to make headlines, also they grab things from Twitter and Facebook, that is really scraping the barrel. I agree with you that is poor. Long live the pineapple, gordon even got that wrong.

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  • realityzone  |  December 12 2012, 7:17AM

    Well Dave-david or gordon something or whatever your name is this week you are clearly incabable of logical thought. I don't have to purchase the H & E when the stories I quote can be read on this site. You're a mischief maker repeating the same old bile.

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  • Cruey  |  December 11 2012, 8:35PM

    Aw bless our dear Mayor .little boys and their boats spring to mind .........so wish he could do other things for the Bay as a whole ........ and before zone comments ....I am disgusted with the cuts to the elderly and vunerable in this years budget... hope you get the message before you accuse me of snide comments .... Hows about you tell me what the mayor has done for Torbay ..opppppps do not mention the palm tree though

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  • Dave_David  |  December 11 2012, 8:07PM

    realityzone....me talk tripe, it is you that is up the mayors bottom. When did you last buy the Herald Express....you only ever read it online. Suggest you change your name you are not in touch with reality or the zone.

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  • realityzone  |  December 11 2012, 4:43PM

    Gordon Bennett do stop repeating your boring tripe, you may not agree with the point I am trying to make about bias in the H & E but at least try to understand it, or is that too difficult for you.

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  • gordonbennett  |  December 11 2012, 3:31PM

    realityzone....you are in love with the mayor, next you will be saying his idea for the pineapple on a roundabout was the event of the year. Who was the mayor in 1956, this is what is referred to in this article....bet he was a Tory also.

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  • realityzone  |  December 11 2012, 7:29AM

    No doubt Jim Parker will want demonstrate his unbiased journalistic style, support this positive piece of news and even now is writing a piece to congratulate the Mayor on this initiative.

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