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Preparations for European Maritime Day are well under way

Over 150 delegates attended Dorset Coast Forum's two-day workshop events, hosted by Poole Harbour Commissioners and the RNLI, to explore ideas and put forward suggestions for events associated with European Maritime Day in 2017.

Representatives from many different sectors, including maritime businesses and social enterprises, attended the events. The focus of the groups looked at the arts, food and drink, tourism, employment, water sports and other creative ideas.

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole and Richard Lacey, Chairman of Poole Harbour Commissioners gave presentations summarising the aims of the event and the economic benefits it could bring to Poole, Dorset and the South West.

Planned to take place at Poole Lighthouse on 18 and 19 May 2017, the European Maritime Day Conference will be accompanied by a series of business events followed by a maritime themed festival on 20 and 21 May.

Nearly 600 project ideas were generated over the two consultation events. The next step will be to work with these community groups and draw up a schedule of activities, sponsors and responsibilities.

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for a Prosperous and Sustainable Poole, Borough of Poole, said: “We are delighted with the interest in and enthusiasm for this important and prestigious maritime event from our businesses and community groups in Poole and across Dorset. I would like to thank Dorset Coast Forum for their tremendous hard work in making these events such a success and Poole Harbour Commissioners for their continued support. I would also like to thank everybody who attended for their creative and valuable input. The workshops captured so many interesting and innovative ideas which should create a truly extraordinary event.”

Jim Stewart, Chief Executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: “We are fully supportive of the Maritime Events in Poole as this will be a great opportunity to showcase and celebrate Poole and Dorset’s maritime history and future, whilst creating a lasting legacy.”