Festival of the Sea kicks off in Holbrook

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08:32 12 June 2022



With skydiving, marches, gun shows and sea shanties galore, the Festival of the Sea was a resounding success this weekend.

This two-weekend festival is a celebration of the county’s maritime tradition and connection to the ocean.


Royal Marines Commando Display Team demonstrating their combat skills at the Sea Festival at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook
– Credit: Danielle Boden

The first weekend (June 11-12) was hosted by the Royal Hospital School (RHS) in Holbrook, which opened its doors to the public and pulled out all the stops for a spectacular show.

Crowds were wowed by displays from the Royal Marines, Royal Navy parachute team The Raiders and RHS field guns and guards.


RHS Band and Guard Display at Sea Festival at Royal Hospital School in Holbrook

RHS Band and Guard Display at the Sea Festival at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook.

– Credit: Danielle Boden

The afternoon saw performances from Brightlingsea’s Motley Crew sea shanties and the school orchestra.

“It’s great to be part of something bigger,” said Brian Martineau, assistant director at ERS. “The Festival of Suffolk is a truly fantastic event, and we are delighted to be part of it.”


RHS Band and Guard Display at Sea Festival at Royal Hospital School in Holbrook

RHS Band and Guard Display at Sea Festival at Royal Hospital School in Holbrook
– Credit: Danielle Boden

The Festival of the Sea is one of the main events at the Festival of Suffolk this summer. He is jointly supported by the Countess of Euston, HM Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, and Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex.

Mr. Martineau continued: “A lot of people threw their hearts and souls into it today. We’ve never done this kind of stuff before, so it’s brand new – we didn’t know if we were going to have five people or five thousand!


Crowds enjoying the exhibits at the Festival of the Sea at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook.

Crowds enjoying the exhibits at the Festival of the Sea at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook

– Credit: Danielle Boden

“But we had such a brilliant crowd here.

“It brings together the best of the community.”


Royal Marines Commando Display Team demonstrating their unarmed combat skills

Royal Marines Commando Display Team demonstrating their unarmed combat skills at the Sea Festival at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook
– Credit: Danielle Boden

He is particularly proud of the students of the RHS marching band, who gave three parades.

“They had a really busy day, but they loved it,” he said.

“It was all very exciting for them. They do a lot of parades, but here we have a whole new audience, with a lot of parents and members of the public who wouldn’t normally see our parade.


Royal Marines Commando Display Team

Royal Marines Commando Display Team action at the Festival of the Sea

– Credit: Danielle Boden

“They’re brilliant – you hear them and think, I can’t believe they’re kids, and they’re doing this amazing play and training.

“They are fantastic.”


Crowds enjoying the exhibits at the Festival of the Sea at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook.

Crowds enjoying the exhibits at the Festival of the Sea at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook
– Credit: Danielle Boden

Sophy Walker is Director of Communications at the Royal Hospital School.

She said: “It was absolutely packed. The sun was shining and there was such a beautiful atmosphere.

“Everyone got involved and enjoyed all the water activities.”

The celebrations will continue next weekend, when dozens of boats of all shapes and sizes will take to the waves between Harwich, Shotley and Felixstowe.

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