South Shields youngsters play to the crowds at Tall Ships Races

The Tall Ships Races crew parade
The Tall Ships Races crew parade

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

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

The Crew Parade as it passed over the Wear Bridge.

The Crew Parade as it passed over the Wear Bridge.

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

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.

The crews taking part in th Tall Ships Race parade

The crews taking part in th Tall Ships Race parade

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.

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

Youngsters from Banburgh School, South Shields, perforing at The Tall Ships Race

Tall Ships in port at Sunderland.

Tall Ships in port at Sunderland.