Hartlepool Tall Ships Races volunteer reunited with crew eight years on

A tall ships crew and a volunteer who met during the Hartlepool races event in 2010 have been reunited thanks to the Mail.

When the Wyvern arrived at Hudson Dock, in Sunderland, this week the crew’s first question was “Where’s Angie from Hartlepool?”

Angie Gibson reunited with Arne Magnus Sortland on board the Wyvern.

Angie Gibson reunited with Arne Magnus Sortland on board the Wyvern.

With help from a reader, the Mail has managed to track down Angela Gibson, who worked as the liaison officer for the Norwegian class B vessel when the Tall Ships Races came to Hartlepool in 2010.

The Mail appealed to find Angie because although they didn’t know her surname, the 12-strong crew, said they would love to meet up with her again.

The story has since gone international and appeared in the press in Norway.

Now the crew and Angie are delighted to have been reunited.

Angie Gibson reunited with Arne Magnus Sortland on board the Wyvern.

Angie Gibson reunited with Arne Magnus Sortland on board the Wyvern.

Angie, an adult education worker who is living in Castle Eden, said: "I remember they were great fun and very hospitable.

"They were really good to work with because they love the ship, and their ship is beautiful.

"They enjoy the races and were proud to be involved in it.

"Meeting the crew again was a bit surreal, especially to see the poster saying 'where is Angie'."

Angie, who is from North Yorkshire, was living in Hartlepool at the time of the visit because she had been studying a degree at the Cleveland College of Art and Design and was keen to volunteer.

Sail trainee Arne Magnus Sortland, who is now embarking on his fourth tall ship adventure, said: "Seeing her is seriously cool. I didn't realise how big the story was going to be and the Norwegian papers have run it after it was in the Hartlepool Mail.

Arne added: "Hartlepool was a brilliant time and that's because of Angie. The things she did for us was amazing."

In Hartlepool, the crew wanted to go in the crew parade with drums and she sourced them from the Arc in Stockton. They also needed ice on the Wyvern and she go in touch with Hodgsons which delivered the ice on a boat for them.

She added: "It was all worth it. The thing about Hartlepool was it was amazing as everyone wanted to chip in and help."

Arner said he thoroughly enjoyed both crew parades and thanked the Mail for finding Angie.

The Wyvern was launched in 1897 and sailed under the German flag until after the First World War.

She was later owned by a British couple, who sailed her for 27 years until 1973. She now races under the ownership of the Stavanger Maritime Museum. She is one of 50-plus ships in Sunderland until Saturday.