VOLUNTEERS are wanted to help a Sunderland beach look its best when it welcomes visitors from around the world.
In just a handful of weeks around 1.5m people are expected to head to Sunderland for The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.
And, in order to ensure the seafront is ready for the occasion, Sunderland City Council has joined forces with 103.4 Sun FM for a pirate themed, Swab the Decks clean-up of Roker Beach.
They are calling on helpers of all ages to head to the beach on 1 June and, in return for their hard work, there will be the chance to win prizes and take part in a message in a bottle scavenger hunt.
The clean-up is part of a raft of preparations for The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 – a four-day festival of entertainment, from 11- 14 July across four event zones on the banks of the River Wear.
Along with the chance to see 55 sailing vessels from countries as far afield as India and Holland, visitors will be treated to a world-class line up of theatre, circus, music and dance.
“So, we really need to show the city – and the seafront – at its very best,” said Cllr John Kelly, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Culture at Sunderland City Council said.
“I very much hope as many people as possible will come along to The Swab the Decks event will take place from 10am to 1pm and all cleaning materials will be provided.
To find out more – or to sign up for the event - visit https://www.sun-fm.com/win/swab-the-decks.php.
For more information about The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018, visit www.tallshipssunderland.com follow on Twitter @TallShipsSund or Facebook at: Tall Ships Races Sunderland.
The Tall Ships Races
The first Tall Ships Race in 1956 was a race of 20 of the world’s remaining large sailing ships.
The race was from Torbay, UK, to Lisbon, Portugal and was meant to be a farewell to the era of the great vessels.
However, public interest was so intense that the Sail Training International Race Committee formed a founding organisation and has since organised The Tall Ships Races and Regattas annually, around the world.
In 2018, the vessels will leave their host start port, Sunderland, for Esbjerg, Denmark. They will then sail to Stavanger, Norway before ending their journey at Harlingen, the Netherlands.
The event schedule for The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018:
Wednesday 11 July - the ships will lower their gangways to visitors.
Thursday 12 July - the programme of culture and entertainment continues when a Crew Parade will weave through the city centre, bringing a carnival atmosphere to the streets, followed by a prize-giving ceremony.
Friday 13 July - Cirque Bijou will perform and local sail trainees taking part in the Races will arrive to join their ships.
Saturday 14 July - the ships will take part in a spectacular Parade of Sail, past the coastal resorts of Roker and Seaburn, with onshore entertainment continuing well into the evening.
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21 May 2018