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Leading ICT firm becomes Tall Ships Diamond Sponsor.

THE Tall Ships Races 2010 organisers in Hartlepool have announced Northgate Managed Services as the latest organisation to sign up as a sponsor.

The company, Hartlepool Borough Council's strategic Information and Communications Technology (ICT) provider, is backing the town's plans to host the finale of the international event from August 7-10 when up to one million visitors are expected.

Vessels will arrive in Hartlepool -the only UK host port -after sailing from Kristiansand in Norway and they will depart after taking part in an impressive Parade of Sail.

Hartlepool Borough Council has teamed up with PD Ports and Hartlepool Marina to stage the event and, so far, 67 ships have registered, 21 of them the largest square-rigged Class A vessels. Michelle Daurat, Hartlepool Borough Council's Tall Ships project manager, said: "We're delighted to have Northgate Managed Services on board as a diamond sponsor.

"Northgate will be involved in installing technology and communication links for the Tall Ships events, and we're pleased to be forging even closer links with the company through this sponsorship." Northgate Managed Services has more than 30 years of experience within the ICT industry and employs over 1,300 people across the UK. As part of the sponsorship deal, Northgate will be supporting six young people from Owton/Rossmere-based ORCEL Sea Training who will be sailing in The Tall Ships Races aboard Black Diamond.

Andy Ross, chief executive of Northgate Managed Services, said: "Over the past ten years, we have developed a strong and successful working relationship delivering ICT services in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council.

"We are delighted to be able to support the Council by sponsoring the Hartlepool Tall ships event. Northgate Managed Services is committed to making a positive impact in the local communities in which we operate and we are excited to be able to give young people from ORCEL Sea Training the opportunity to compete in The Tall Ships Races. We wish them luck and hope they enjoy the experience, gaining key life skills on the way."

Tall Ships event is picture perfect TALL Ships organisers in Hartlepool have snapped up a local award-winning photographer to capture the excitement of the four-day festival.

Hartlepool-based photographer Robert Usher -below right -has won many awards in his 30-year career including best photograph in the Pictorial/Illustrative category at last year's Annual British Institution of Professional Photography Awards. Robert has also been awarded North-east photographer of the year for the past two years running.

A member of the Master Photographers Association, Robert has been taking a series of photographs in the run-up to the event as well as covering the four days of The Tall Ships Races 2010. Robert said: "It's fantastic to be part of this once in a lifetime experience. I am proud to be part of a project in which my pictures will form a lasting legacy for the town.

"It will be a photographer's dream. Events like this happen rarely and I hope to be able to capture all the excitement and spectacle as a permanent record for Hartlepool."

The town will host to up to one million visitors when it welcomes between 60 and 100 vessels in the finale of The Tall Ships Races 2010, England's biggest free event this year. Fifty-eight ships are confirmed so far, 18 of which are Class A -the largest square-rigged type vessels.

The ships are expected to arrive in Hartlepool by Saturday, August 7 after sailing from Kristiansand in Norway in the second and final race. They will be here until Tuesday, August 10 when they will bid a grand farewell in an impressive Parade of Sail.

Michelle Daurat, Hartlepool Council''s Tall Ships project manager, said: "It's great to have an award-winning photographer on board to capture the magic of the The Tall Ships Races. "Robert Usher is a highly regarded photographer with a wealth of experience. We expect that he will provide an impressive portfolio, leaving a snapshot of the town that can be enjoyed for generations to come."


Mayor of Hartlepool Stuart Drummond, left with Tall Ships manager Michelle Daurat and Northgate Managed Services client services director Robert Bryan
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 15, 2010
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