A tall ship cruised through Greenwich on Wednesday (April 9) to mark 150 days until the capital’s first regatta in more than 25 years.

Volunteers climbed aboard the J R Tolkien tall ship which sailed through the Thames Barrier to Greenwich passing landmarks including The O2, the Old Royal Naval College and Canary Wharf.

A fleet of up to 50 tall ships will race from Falmouth to Greenwich in September - ending with a parade where thousands of spectators are expected.

Greenwich Council leader Councillor Chris Roberts said: “Greenwich is renowned for its rich maritime history, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to our borough each year.

“Playing host to London’s first Tall Ships Festival for 25 years will provide us with a fantastic opportunity to boost the local economy even further.”

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Royal Greenwich Festivals 2014 also launched on the day with arts organisations showing off an eclectic mix of music, dance and performance.

The Tall Ships Regatta will take place from September 5 to 9.To find out more, including how to become a crew member, visit royalgreenwich.gov.uk/tallships