Volunteers at Fulwell Community Library are showing their colours in support of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

With a school competition, nautical themed book-buying, decorating sea road with knitted bunting and banner making the library volunteers are certainly getting into the spirit to celebrate the upcoming iconic event.

Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “This is a shining example of how communities and organisations across the city are getting involved with The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

“I’d also like to thank the team at Fulwell Community Library for helping for helping with the administration of the access permits for residents in the area.”

Supported by Sunderland City Council, local volunteers formed a management committee and the Fulwell Community Library Community Interest Company was formed and registered. On 29th July 2017 the Fulwell Community Library was formally opened and is now developing and offering much more than a traditional library service. Since opening it has recruited over 100 volunteers, received over 27,000 visitors and has attracted several community groups to use the available space.

With a team of regular volunteers and a community café welcoming visitors to the venue, the library which is now busier than ever, also gives those carrying out employment searches access to computers.

Richard Beck, Fulwell Community Library, added: “Our volunteer s are delighted to be part of something as iconic as The Tall Ships Races.

“Amongst all that we are doing, we are also working with local schools and offering a prize of £200 to their funds for both the best short story about Sailing Ships between 100 and 200 words and the best painting of a tall ship.

“The team here work hard to provide everything from children’s story time sessions and activities for young people to help with job applications and of course community involvement in events. I hope everyone comes along and makes the most of the fantastic opportunities on offer in the city.”

The shortlisted competition entries will be displayed in the library during the event and beyond for all to see.