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Tall ships set sail to Hartlepool
Christian Radich
The Christian Radich is one of the spectacular vessels which takes part in the annual Tall Ships race

The first tall ship for the Tall Ships Race arrived in Hartlepool on 4 August 2010.

Hansa - a Spanish class D vessel sailed into the Marina just after 0930.

The ships left Kristiansand in Norway on 1 August for the second leg of this year's race before arriving in Hartlepool by Saturday 7 August.

A festival will welcome the ships and and the event highlight is the Eve of Sail event when thousands are expected to watch a massive fireworks display.

The Tall Ships Race takes place every summer in European waters.

The Lord Nelson
At least half the crew on a ship like the Lord Nelson will be aged 15 to 25

Up to 6000 young people from more than 30 countries take part in the event, with at least 50% of each crew being made up of young people aged between 15 and 25.

Crews will parade through the town in uniform or fancy dress on Sunday 8 August and on Monday 9 August, a huge pyrotechnics display will mark the end of the Eve of Sail celebration, before the Tall Ships leave on 10 August.

There's also activities including a community carnival and an exhibition at Hartlepool Museum called "A Nice cup of tea! From Tea Clippers to Tea Cosies", the Headland Carnival and a rock concert in the Tall Ships village on 6 August.

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