Water Company ‘On Board’ The Tall Ships!


Northumbrian Water has been confirmed as one of the highlight sponsors of the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta in August and will be providing important logistical support to the event.

Up to 30 Tall Ships are expected to gather at Blyth for the Regatta which takes place over the weekend of 26 – 29 August 2016 and features five zones of free family entertainment.

The water company, who supply 2.7 million people across the North East with water and waste water services every day, will supply and manage water supplies to the ships and crew.

These supplies will be provided via temporary overland pipework and hydrants, which will be securely installed along Commissioner’s Quay and Dun Cow Quay.

Northumbrian Water’s external relations manager, Maureen Berne, said: “Water is at the heart of the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta, so it is a natural fit that we are supporting the event.

“As well as providing tap water for ships, we will also treat their waste water at our sewage treatment works on Tyneside, and return it safely back to the environment.

“Northumbrian Water plays a key part in looking after the stunning Northumberland coastline by protecting bathing water quality through our wastewater treatment operations.

“We are very proud to sponsor this event. The tourism and economic benefits the Regatta will bring to the region also support our commitment to help the North East thrive.”

Northumbrian Water estimate that they will treat up to 120,000 litres of waste water from the ships during the course of the event.

Councillor Val Tyler, Cabinet member for Arts, Leisure and Culture at Northumberland County Council, said; “We are delighted to have Northumbrian Water on board as one of our official partners for this water-based event.

“It’s very fitting that Northumbrian Water plays a key part in looking after our stunning Northumberland coastline, working daily to protect our bathing water quality through its waste water treatment operations.

It is fantastic that this beautiful stretch of our coastline will be showcased regionally, nationally and internationally during this amazing bank holiday weekend.”

Northumberland County Council, in partnership with the Port of Blyth and Sail Training International, is hosting the prestigious North East Tall Ships Regatta which will be one of the largest events ever held in the county and the only Regatta in the UK this year. Fergusons of Blyth, one of the UK’s leading privately owned haulage companies and the biggest in the North East, has been confirmed as the Principal Sponsor for the event in celebration of their 90th Anniversary.

Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive, Port of Blyth commented; “The support of Northumbrian Water as one of our event sponsors is invaluable. They will be providing an important service to the ships and crews and the fact that they will do this in a way that’s sustainable and non-harmful to the local environment is hugely important.”

Look out for Northumbrian Water’s leisure team who will have a presence in Ridley Park during the event – it’s promised to be a fun area to visit!

Media contacts: Carl Stiansen, communications officer, Northumberland County Council: telephone: 01670 622414 or 07954 336033 email: Carl.Stiansen@northumberland.gov.uk

Northumbrian Water: Northumbrian Water Group provides water and sewerage services to 2.7 million people every day in the North East of England, and water only services to 1.8 million customers in Essex and Suffolk Looking after the environment is at the core of all the utility company does. The water company is committed to supporting and enhancing the communities it serves through a range of partnerships and activities.

For more information: www.nwl.co.uk/.co.uk; or contact Cara Charlton, Assistant PR and Media Manager, telephone: 0191 301 6270 or 07764 926 728 or email: cara.charlton@nwl.co.uk

Port of Blyth: The port is operated by the Blyth Harbour Commission, a modern trust port operated for the benefit of stakeholders and handling up to 2 million tonnes of cargo each year. As one of the largest Trust Ports in the UK, Blyth is an essential international gateway for the regions trade and with all surpluses reinvested in facilities and to support the region as a whole.

For more information: www.portofblyth.co.uk; telephone: 01670 352066 or email: tom.chaplin@portofblyth.co.uk

Fergusons of Blyth is one the UK’s leading, privately-owned haulage companies and the biggest in the North East. The company operates from a number of key UK transport hub locations and, in addition to the substantial haulage business, is a major national player in warehousing, logistics, removals and self-storage. Fergusons also owns and manages an expanding commercial property portfolio, with key facilities spread throughout the region.

Significantly in terms of the Tall Ships Regatta the family-run business, headed by Alan Ferguson, the third generation of Fergusons to lead the company, has its roots in Blyth where Alan’s grandfather started the company 90 years ago this year and where it retains major business interests.

Contacts: Head office: telephone: 0191 250 3900 or email: Julia.Caudren@fergytrux.com, or PR contact: carolyn.ramsbotham@btopenworld.com telephone: 07712 834504.

Sail Training International (STI): Sally Titmus, Communications and Marketing Manager: telephone: 023 9258 6367; E: sally.titmus@sailtraininginternational.org. STI is the international voice of Sail Training, a registered charity (not-for-profit organisation), which has worldwide membership and activities. Its purpose is the development and education of young people through the Sail Training experience, regardless of nationality, culture, religion, gender or social background. It organises the annual Tall Ship Races and other international Tall Ship sailing events. STI members are 29 national Sail Training organisations around the world and STI’s head office is in Gosport, Hampshire, UK.

For more information about the North Sea Tall Ships Regatta Blyth 2016, visit: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tallshipsblyth2016 or Twitter: @TallShipsBlyth or the website: www.tallshipsblyth2016.com and www.tallshipsblyth2016.com/sponsors#info

For further information on Sail Training International, visit: www.sailtraininginternational.org

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