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Tall ships arrive in Gloucester for bank holiday festival

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Media captionThe ships arrived after travelling along the Gloucester to Sharpness canal

A flotilla of tall ships has arrived in Gloucester for the city's bank holiday weekend festival.

The vessels include the Phoenix, which has featured in several films, and the Matthew, a replica of John Cabot's ship which charted North America in 1497.

More than 100,000 people are expected at the event. The last festival, in 2011, attracted more than 80,000 visitors.

The biennial Gloucester Tall Ships Festival runs until 27 May.

Other ships taking part include the Amazon, which participated in the 2012 Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, and the traditional rigged French ship, La Belle Angèle, which has sailed over from France for the event.

'Successful'

Nick Worthington, from the Canal and River Trust, said there was no other event like it "in the world" in terms of tall ships coming so far inland.

Four of the ships travelled from Sharpness Docks along the length of the 16 mile (25km) Gloucester to Sharpness canal earlier.

The final vessel arrived at the docks at 13:30 BST.

"I'm glad to say we got them up through the canal fine today," said Mr Worthington.

"We kept the smaller vessels out of the way of the big ships.

"It's been a long but successful day."

The event is organised by Marketing Gloucester on behalf of Gloucester City Council and in partnership with Gloucester Quays.

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