Tall ships draws the crowds

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Falmouth basked in nautical glory and sunshine in equal measure yesterday (August 31) as thousands of spectator craft took to the water to accompany the Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta 2014 Parade of Sail.

The flotilla, which sailed alongside the 44-strong Tall Ship contingent, is believed to be the largest in Falmouth Bay in living memory.

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Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment, heritage and planning, added: “This has been a wonderful event which has attracted a huge number of people to Falmouth, many of whom have not only taken the opportunity to visit these wonderful ships but have also enjoyed a varied programme of entertainment.

“Organising events like this involves a large number of people and I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make the 2014 Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta such an outstanding success.”

It is estimated that Falmouth welcomed over 230,000 people across the four-day spectacle.

Falmouth Tall Ships regatta event manager, Sam Groom, said: “The economic impact report will demonstrate the positive effect of the event in Falmouth and the wider Cornwall community. There is no doubt that people will be talking about the event for many years to come.”