Sea shanty event trains for Harwich Sea Shanty Festival a sell-out success

Monday, 8 October 2018

Pirates and shanty crews took over Greater Anglia’s Mayflower Line trains to delight travellers with old sea shanties, as part of the Harwich International Sea Shanty Festival on Saturday (6 October).

The Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership worked with Greater Anglia to put on two special event trains which were a sell-out success.

The 11am and 12pm trains from Manningtree to Harwich were decorated with a sea shanty theme and shanty crews jumped aboard to regale passengers with songs from the sea.

Children on board enjoyed a ‘name the shark’ competition, activity packs, sweets and badges.

Community Rail Partnership Officer, Jayne Sumner, said, “The shanty trains were great fun and everyone enjoyed the sea shanties on board. We had a lot of positive feedback as the trains really get you into the spirit of the weekend and take you right to the heart of the event.”

Greater Anglia’s Community Partnerships Officer, Paul Haynes, said, “We were delighted to be involved with this exciting festival. The Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership pulled out all the stops to create a really fun atmosphere on board our trains, making rail the perfect way to travel to the festival for children and adults alike.”