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Shanty singers heave away at international event

Wellington Wailers at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Wellington Wailers at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

AN international sea shanty festival has proven to be the highlight so far for Shoreham’s Wellington Wailers.

The popular sea shanty group, based at the Duke of Wellington, in Brighton Road, appeared at the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival from Friday, June 13, to Sunday, June 15.

They performed at six venues in the Cornwall town over the weekend.

Wailer Bill Brown said: “The eight members of the group that could make the trip were given a rapturous reception, holding their own against other more established groups.

“This year’s festival was the largest so far, with the Wailers being one of 45 shanty groups appearing.

“I can safely say that the festival has been the highlight of the Wailers’ performances to date. We made many friends and look forward to returning next year.”

The festival is one of the biggest maritime music concerts in Europe, held at various venues, with three main stages across the town. This year was the biggest so far, with 261 hours of shanty singing – 46 more than last year.

Organisers said it had been ‘fantastic’, with more than 25,000 visitors throughout the town during the weekend.

Money was raised for the RNLI at a gala concert.

 

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