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Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival Winners to set sail on JST Lord Nelson

JST winners

Winners of the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival competition to win a place on the JST Lord Nelson’s voyage from London to Great Yarmouth, for the Maritime Festival on September 5 and 6, were presented with Festival smocks today (August 24) at the Nelson Museum by Festival committee member Dona Watson.

Colin Brunsdon and Paul Williamson from Great Yarmouth, Robert Waters from Gorleston and Jack Lennard from Bawdsey in Suffolk are the four winners who will be setting sail on the Lord Nelson from Canary Wharf, London on Sunday, August 30 and arriving in Great Yarmouth in time for the start of the Maritime Festival on Saturday, September 5. Greater Yarmouth Tourism & Business Improvement Area has funded the four places on JST Lord Nelson.

Colin Brunsdon, a Centre 81 member and former Coastguard said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me. I missed out on the Merchant Navy when I was younger, so I’m really looking forward to the experience on the high seas.”

Paul Williamson, who is also a Centre 81 member said: “I’ve got multiple sclerosis and never thought I’d get a chance like this again. I’ve been all over the World and used to love being in the water when I was younger, swimming, canoeing and sailing. Thanks to Centre 81 I go sailing on Oulton Broad, but this is going to be extra special. I’ve always wanted to go on a Tall Ship. My friend and carer Dave Dodd will be my buddy on the voyage. He’s really looking forward to it as well.”

Robert Waters said: “I’d always been a competitive team sportsman through school and university. But more than 10 years ago I had operations for brain tumours which stopped me being so active. However I love going to Sailability once a week. I sail solo and can be competitive again. The Lord Nelson is going to be a great experience. I am going to get the chance to be a team player again, when someone relies on you to get the job done.”

Jack Lennard said: “What inspired me to enter the competition was my love of sailing and the chance to sail on a Tall Ship. I am very much looking forward to going on the Lord Nelson.”

Dona Watson from Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival said: “Congratulations to our competition winners. We hope they have a wonderful voyage on the Lord Nelson and we look forward to welcoming them when they arrive for the Maritime Festival. Thank you to Greater Yarmouth Tourism & Business Improvement Area for making this Tall Ship experience possible.”

The 16th Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival returns to South Quay on Saturday, September 5 2015 (10am to 6pm) and Sunday, September 6 2015 (10am to 5pm) to celebrate the town’s proud maritime past and important maritime future with visiting ships including The Götheborg, the world’s largest wooden sailing ship and the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s Lord Nelson. It’s the first time that The Götheborg from Sweden will be seen at a UK Maritime Festival.

There’s also a full programme of international shanty and folk music, street entertainment, arts, crafts and children’s activities. The festival is organised by Greater Yarmouth Tourism & Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA) in association with Seajacks UK Ltd.

The 2015 Maritime Festival sponsors are Seajacks UK Ltd, 3Sun Group, Bateman Groundworks, Birketts LLP, Bunn Fertiliser Ltd, ELM Contracts, e.on Climate & Renwables, HKB Wiltshire, Gardline, MDF Transport, Perenco, Persimmon Homes Anglia, Petrofac, Stevenson Smart and Wellington Construction. The festival is also supported by EastPort UK, Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA) and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.