International Festival of the Sea

International Festival of the Sea

City says it got it wrong on festival

CITY leaders today admitted a string of blunders were behind the poor turn-out at the International Festival of the Sea in Edinburgh this year.

Tall ship crew criticises sea festival

A TALL ship crew has launched a scathing attack on the recent International Festival of the Sea, claiming it has damaged Leith’s reputation as a major centre for maritime shows.

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£650,000 bale-out for Festival of the Sea

TAXPAYERS face a £650,000 bill to bale out the unsuccessful International Festival of the Sea.

Sea Festival chiefs insist prices were not too high

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 spot Forth whale

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.

Festival traders sunk by turnout

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.

Sea festival visitor total falls short

POLICE today estimated that 43,000 people visited Leith’s much-heralded Festival of the Sea over the weekend.

Power of the sea pulls in crowds

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.

Enforcers set sail for Leith

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.

Oceans of time

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.

Princess sees mock drugs haul at maritime festival

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.

War mine reported at sea festival

A SAILING ship attending a sea festival in Scotland yesterday spotted a wartime mine in the water.

Ship sparks mine alert

A SAILING ship attending the International Festival of the Sea sparked an alert after spotting a wartime mine in the water.

Top artistic talent in the frame

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.

Why docks are talk of the town

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.

Sea festival set to earn £10m

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 set to ship in for seafaring festival

APPRENTICES from across Scotland will line the deck when the Sail Training Association’s tall ship arrives at Leith Docks tomorrow.

Docks to receive last minute clean-up for festival

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.

Ship coming in for shopping mall as festival sails in

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.

Boat heads back home after 60 years away

A 60-YEAR-OLD boat built in Leith returns home for the first time this weekend.

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