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Lord Nelson to return to Falmouth for Festival

1 January — 5 June 2011

The first tall ship in the world designed and built to accommodate a mixed ability crew will celebrate its 25th birthday by sailing into Falmouth for the 2011 Fal River Festival.

The 55m long Lord Nelson, which was built in 1986 and is run by the Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST), will arrive in port on Friday, May 27 until Sunday, June 5.

During its week stay the Lord Nelson will be running three day-long sails where guests get chance to helm the ship, climb the rigging if able bodied, set sail and enjoy fantastic food, and hear a short talk on the history of the JST.

Fal River Festival director, Toby Budd, said: "We're really excited that the Lord Nelson will be making its first visit to the Fal River Festival.

"We're also excited about supporting the Jubilee Sailing Trust as well. By using the Lord Nelson the charity offers a fantastic opportunity for people with mixed physical abilities to have a go at sailing a tall ship.

"We've already got some fantastic events lined up, but having the Lord Nelson join the line up is great addition."

Now in its seventh year, the 2011 Fal River Festival will run from Friday, May 27 to Sunday, June 5.

The 10-day festival will feature over 150 events and in the last two years has bought crowds of over 100,000 to the area.

Sarah Davies, fundraising and marketing manager for JST, said: "The Fal River Festival has really become one of Cornwall's biggest events and we're really pleased to be bringing the Lord Nelson to town and being part of the celebration.

"We want as many people as possible to experience the benefits of what the Jubilee Sailing Trust has to offer and we feel that being part of the festival will give us the perfect opportunity."

Founded in 1978 the Jubilee Sailing Trust aims to overcome prejudices and misconceptions about disability amongst able-bodied people, as well as enable people with a disability to show to themselves and to others what they are really capable of when the environment is designed to be inclusive.

John Hick, chairman of the Falmouth Tall Ships Association, said: "Having been here in 2008 it's great to welcome back the Lord Nelson to Falmouth.

"The Falmouth Tall Ships Association and Fal River Festival team will be holding a reception on board during Lord Nelson's stay to help cement relationships between supporters of the event, the ship and port.

"I think the ship will be a great addition to the festival and I'm looking forward to climbing aboard again."

For more information on the Fal River Festival please contact Toby Budd on 01872 861913 or visit www.falriverfestival.co.uk.

For more information on the Jubilee Sailing Trust please visit www.jst.org.uk.