BLYTH IN LINE FOR MASSIVE BOOST AS TALL SHIPS SAIL IN 2016
“This should be welcomed by everyone who wants to see Blyth and Northumberland succeed” – Grant Davey, leader of the council and the Labour group
Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council and the Labour group has tonight welcomed the news that Blyth will host the Tall Ships Regatta in 2016.
The event which will take place between 26 and 29 August 2016 and will involve over40 ships. The ships are crewed by young people and organised by Sail Training International.
The event will provide a significant stimulus to the local economy in Blyth and comes hot on the heels of the recent announcement of the Tour De Britain visit to Prudhoe in the west of the county. Berwick sees its 900 year celebrations continue throughout 2015.
The Tall Ships Regatta has proved to be a great draw for visitors and it is expected to inject over £10m into the local economy. In Falmouth, the last place to host this event, the local economy benefitted to the tune of £12m and Blyth will be going all out to beat that figure.
Councillor Davey who also represents a Blyth ward said
“This is another example of this administration getting on with the job of boosting and growing the Northumberland economy. We’re absolutely delighted to bring this event to Blyth but it’s only one of a number of high profile events which will see a real boost to our economy”.