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TAXPAYERS face a £650,000 bill to bale out the unsuccessful International Festival of the Sea.
ORGANISERS of a massive maritime festival which flopped when it was staged in Edinburgh for the first time have refused to blame the high costs of tickets after it emerged only around 50,000 people turned up.
SAILORS leaving the International Festival of the Sea, held at Leith, have become the latest seafarers to spot a humpback whale in the Firth of Forth.
ANGRY traders have branded the International Festival of the Sea a washout after they lost money when the showpiece event attracted tens of thousands fewer visitors than expected.
POLICE today estimated that 43,000 people visited Leith’s much-heralded Festival of the Sea over the weekend.
THE waters of Leith have played host to Europe’s largest maritime celebration over the past three days, with hundreds of sailors and their crafts taking part in the International Festival of the Sea.
FURIOUS motorists found their cars being towed away as part of a blitz to clear the streets of Leith for visitors to the International Festival of the Sea.
On Tuesday, the residents of Leith were treated to the awesome sight of a tall ship, under full sail, coming up the Firth of Forth and into the port, just as sailing ships would have done for many centuries before the modern era.
THE Princess Royal watched a recreation of a Royal Navy drugs seizure yesterday, at the opening day of the International Festival of the Sea at Leith Docks in Edinburgh.
A SAILING ship attending a sea festival in Scotland yesterday spotted a wartime mine in the water.
A SAILING ship attending the International Festival of the Sea sparked an alert after spotting a wartime mine in the water.
PAINTINGS and art works by some of Scotland’s leading contemporary artists go on show in Leith today, as part of the International Festival of the Sea.
THE noise of building work is everywhere as the new vibrant Leith waterfront takes shape. Apartments promising "exciting living and luxurious lifestyle" rise to join the now familiar Ocean Terminal building and the Royal Yacht Britannia moored alongside.
ABOUT 150,000 visitors are expected to visit Edinburgh over the next four days to attend the International Festival of the Sea which gets underway tomorrow, generating as much as £10 million for the local economy.
APPRENTICES from across Scotland will line the deck when the Sail Training Association’s tall ship arrives at Leith Docks tomorrow.
A LAST minute clean-up operation will get underway today at Leith Docks following complaints about the state of the area ahead of this weekend’s high-profile International Festival of the Sea.
LEITH’S Ocean Terminal may have suffered low occupancy rates and visitor numbers since it opened in October 2001, but Terry Smith, property director of Forth Ports, believes the forthcoming International Festival of the Sea will provide the shopping mall with a much-needed boost.
A 60-YEAR-OLD boat built in Leith returns home for the first time this weekend.