South Shields youngsters play to the crowds at Tall Ships Races

Inspirational youngsters were given a standing ovation after taking to the stage to display their musical skills at the Tall Ships Race in Sunderland.

Friday, 13th July 2018, 10:30 am
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:03 pm
The Tall Ships Races crew parade

The Open Up Orchestra, which provides opportunities for disabled children in the North East, performed as part of the celebrations.

Pupils from Bamburgh School, South Shields, Hill Top School, Gateshead, and Dryden School, in Gateshead, each performed sets of about five minutes each.

The Crew Parade as it passed over the Wear Bridge.

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They showcased classical music with a modern twist, with some of the children using specially-adapted instruments and electronics.

The youngsters have been working on their music for the last two years

Visitors have been stunned by the Tall Ships in Sunderland - and Wearsiders have been full of pride to see the river full of ships once more.

Event chiefs are keeping visitor figures under wraps until after the event, but the crowds on the first official day of the event spoke for themselves - with organisers pleased to report very positive feedback.

The crews taking part in th Tall Ships Race parade

Michelle Daurat, project director for the Tall Ships in Sunderland, said: “Yesterday was the first official day and it was a lot busier than the preview day on Tuesday, which is what we expected.

“We’ve had brilliant feedback from visitors, and people have been saying its fantastic to see the River Wear full of ships once again.”

Youngsters from Banburgh School, South Shields, perforing at The Tall Ships Race
Tall Ships in port at Sunderland.