The City of Gloucester is set for a spectacular weekend with the return of the city's multi-award winning Tall Ships Festival.
Running from May 29 - 31 there will be an array of sights and experiences to enjoy at the docks, Gloucester Quays and throughout the city centre.
There will be a total of six magnificent tall ships and dockside events, while the city centre will see everything from the Romans through to World War Two tanks.
The festival is free to attend and visitors will be able to see and go on board the ships including The Matthew, Tangaroa, Kaskalot, The Phoenix and The Earl of Pembroke.
In the city there will be a living history camp at Blackfriars Priory, the East Gate Chamber and the Cathedral, along with re-enactments of the original pilgrimage that led to the creation of the Cathedral itself.
The Tall Ships festival is organised by marketing gloucester ltd on behalf of Gloucester City Council with support from Gloucester Quays, Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company, Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucester Rugby.
The 2008-9 season may just have come to an end for Gloucester Rugby but Operations Manager Sean Roberts is having a busy close season to date as he has been working closely with marketing gloucester ltd in the run up to the event.
Sean will be the Safety Officer for the two day event and has also been liaising with the Council in the run up to the event.
Sean said today:
"I'm looking forward to the weekend, it'll be a bit different from a Gloucester Rugby matchday at Kingsholm!"
"We see ourselves very much as a community club and working closely with all the partners involved in the Tall Ships Festival will forge valuable relationships for the future.
Graham Walker, the Chief Executive of marketing gloucester ltd, added:
"Sean has a fine track record in delivering public events. Having the benefit of his expertise is a great boost and we're delighted that Gloucester Rugby are happy to work with us on this initiative."
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Speaking to GRTV after the final whistle, Tom Palmer praised the Cherry and Whites concentration and desire to hold on to a narrow 14-7 victory. The second row topped the tackle charts with 19 as he led the home team's resistance.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.
The Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby team travelled to Fenton Manor Complex, Stoke on Trent last Saturday to take part in the final round of the GBWR Super Series of the season, knowing just one win would be enough to crown them Division 3 Champions.