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Council / SIC convener extends warm welcome to visiting Tall Ships crews

Council convener Andrea Manson speaking at the Tall Ships Races opening ceremony on Wednesday. Photo: Shetland Tall Ships Ltd

VISITING crew members from the many Tall Ships berthed in Lerwick have been given a warm welcome to the isles by Shetland Islands Council convener Andrea Manson.

Speaking at an opening event at Holmsgarth on Wednesday, the councillor said she hoped crews – which are from all over the world – “make a lot of new friends” whilst in Lerwick.

She also highlighted the hospitality which has been given to seafarers over many years.

“Our islands have always been a safe haven for sailors during the centuries, and Shetland has a long history of extending our hospitality to seafarers all over the world,” Manson said.

“Our whole community has been looking forward to this visit, and already we’ve enjoyed the colourful crew and there’s three more days of fun to come.

“Shetland is world renowned for its generous hospitality and we hope that you sample all that Shetland has to offer – wonderful seafood, delicious beer, amazing scenery, clean seas, fantastic music and most of all a very friendly welcome from the natives.

“This is a big event in Shetland’s calendar, and it doesn’t happen without a great deal of planning and many people working very hard for many months and even years to ensure that Tall Ships 2023 is a success.”

More than 1,300 crew members from nearly 40 boats are in Lerwick until Saturday afternoon.

Prizes were also given out at Wednesday’s ceremony, including for first arrival in port, smallest boat and most welcoming ship.

Shetland’s own Swan, which is taking part in the races, was given an outstanding contribution prize.

Swan skipper Maggie Adamson accepts the ‘outstanding contribution’ prize during the Tall Ships Races Lerwick opening ceremony. Photo: Shetland Tall Ships Ltd

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