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A Sailor’s Life for me ? Visiting the Festival Village at Greenwich

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Photo by L Katiyo

With most of the attention of the Tall ships festival being focused on the ships themselves, perhaps some of the other attractions are not featured as much as they should be.

There are a wide range of activities for all the family in all the event areas which offer Drama, Music and Education.

Although we may have a romantic idea of Tall Ships with their sails billowing in the wind, the reality for the people who sailed on them was very different. Regular contributor L Katiyo  went to the Lebara Festival Village at Maritime Greenwich  to find out more.

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“At the Lebara Festival Village at Maritime Greenwich encompassing the Cutty Sark Gardens and the Old Royal Naval College, visitors can experience life at sea in the age of sail.  Men working at sea had much to endure. Cut off from normal life on shore for months, even years, they had to accept cramped conditions, disease and poor food and pay. Above all, they faced the daily dangers of sea and weather

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The festival village offers an opportunity to what life was like then, complete with replicas of uniforms, the food sailors ate, muskets and performances of sea shanties.  You can ask questions about the different types of jobs sailors did on board and their living conditions.”

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The festival which attracted huge crowds over the weekend finishes on the 9th of September .

Today , one of the highlights will be  the ‘Puffers and Dunkirk ships’ flotilla along the Thames – a flotilla of classic boats between Greenwich and Woolwich including puffers (steam ships) that took part in the rescue from Dunkirk in 1940 and a vintage fireboat.

The  programme of entertainment also continues throughout today – as does the chance to climb aboard a Tall Ship.

Tomorrow will be the grand Parade of Sail which sees the ships departing Greenwich .

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Photo by L Katiyo

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