57 square riggers flocked to Scottish town

57 Tall Ships have left Greenock, bound for Lerwick, as part of the Parade of Sail festival.

Organisers Sail Inverclyde believe that 750,000 people saw the Tall Ships during their four days in the Scottish town at James Watt Dock and Inchgreen Quay.

Revellers also flocked to the port for a crew parade, a Red Arrows display and music performances from artists, including Deacon Blue and Lulu.

Councillor David Wilson, chairman of Sail Inverclyde said: ‘The Tall Ships races in Greenock were everything we hoped they would be and more.

‘The sun shone brightly for the four days and it was wonderful to see that people from all over Britain came to admire and climb aboard some of the vessels.’

The square riggers are expected to reach Lerwick, in the Shetland Islands, in just over a week’s time for the next stage of the festivities.

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