Greenock’s Tall Ships event kicks off today

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Greenock hosts the tall ships event this week where 57 vessels will be berthed until 12th July before moving on to Lerwick.  The event kicks off today at 11 am and more than 800,000 visitors are expected to visit the port.

With sunny weather forecast organisers are expecting a bumper four days with street festivals and entertainment laid on for the crowds, Saturday’s finale will feature Lulu.

The last time the event came to Greenock was in 1999 and more than 800,000 people attended the event.  The 57 ships represent 14 different nations and are manned by more than 1,800 crew members.

David Wilson, chairman of Sail Inverclyde, said: “You can really feel the excitement in the air now for the arrival of the tall ships.

“Our time has been working tirelessly to ensure that there is plenty to see and do across all four days.”

To get there by car travel west along the M8 following signs for Greenock – beware though parking will be tight.

Alternatively take the train from Glasgow Central, the Gourock train will take you into the heart of the festivities, alight at either Bogston or Cartsdyke.  Alternatively the Wemyss Bay train will take you to Port Glasgow, then simply catch a local bus for the short journey into Greenock.