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The Tall Ships Festival, held biennially in the wonderfully atmospheric Gloucester Docks, was first held after the destructive floods in 2007 to help lift spirits of the demoralised local populace and revitalise the area. So much more than the Tall Ships it was a resounding success which has grown from year to year, winning awards along the way, and I finally made it 🙂 ‘Tall ships’ are basically traditionally rigged sailing vessels with graceful masts and miles if rope. B&W photo of ship rigging in the Gloucester Docks No doubt at the time they provided a very hard living but now they evoke romantic visions of a bygone era; difficult to capture as I was not able to beat, or outstay, the crowds – but the carnival atmosphere more than made up for it! The Jolly Roger and colourful bunting at the Gloucester Tall Ships Festival in the Gloucester DocksFor a potted history of the Docks and more photos please take a look at this earlier post.

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)