Skinners renews Shanty sponsorship

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Cornwall’s Skinners Brewery has renewed its sponsorship of the world’s biggest free maritime music festival for another year.

Skinners has supported the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival ever since its inception in 2004.

The event has rapidly grown in scale and popularity and last year attracted some 350 singers from all over Britain and abroad and an aggregate audience of around 10,000, resulting in a £4k donation to the RNLI.

The 2009 festival

For the 2010 event, from June 18-20, all the singers will be regularly refreshed with the aid of 2,000 pints of beer supplied free as part of the sponsorship deal with Skinners, who will also pay for promotional posters and corporate clothing for the organisers.

Skinners chief executive Steve Skinner commented: “If ever there was a success story to make Cornwall proud, this must be it. It has become a massive feature on the county’s events calendar and we are delighted and privileged to be involved. The mood and atmosphere generated by the singers is quite stunning and simply incomparable.”