The Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival held over five days in the London riverside borough has been hailed a spectacular success.

It ended with the fifty vessels involved in the event sailing downstream from Limehouse to the estuary past Greenwich, the O2 and the Thames Barrier. Pictures from the Parade HERE.

And there were calls for the regatta to be a regular event. Councillor Danny Thorpe, who holds the regeneration brief on Greenwich Council, said: "Enthusiasm has been incredible. People have been asking if it can be repeated next year. Though that is unlikely we will be discussing a repeat event during our debrief.

"It involves a lot of organisations but there is no better place in London to hold an event like this with Greenwich's maritime history and the fact we have longest river frontage in the capital."

An estimated 700,000 people attended the regatta. Tall Ships came from all over the world.

Shops, businesses and tourist attractions reported busiest days in recent years - some busier than during the 2012 Olympics.

Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich said: “The five days have been absolutely fantastic for Royal Greenwich and I thank each and every one of the captains, crew, performers and workers who’ve all helped make this festival a wonderful success.

"This won’t be the last time we see Tall Ships in Royal Greenwich and I look forward to welcoming these glorious vessels back at some point in the future.”

Story dated September 10th 2014


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