Hartlepool - Fleet of mini tall ships set for summer sail
Pupils in Hartlepool are gearing up to celebrate the arrival of the tall ships in the town this summer with their own parade of mini-sails.
Primary, secondary and special schools are preparing their own miniature tall ships to set sail in a parade on the Ward Jackson Park boating lake on July 7 at 2.30pm. There will be 42 ships in all.
Each ship is about 14in long and is made of fibreglass, with wooden masts and handkerchiefs for sails.
Ruth Chalkley, tall ships co-ordinator for schools, said: "The project is a fun way for our schools to work together to celebrate the arrival of the tall ships but has been designed to be educational as well.
"A key part of the success of Tall Ships 2010 is sponsorship and the young people have been learning all about the importance of sponsorship as they make their miniature ships a reality.
"At the same time, the youngsters have been learning about Hartlepool's maritime history and have been developing their problem-solving skills to construct the ships." PA.