The Tall Ships Race visiting Sunderland this week with good opportunities for some great photographs. Visit tallshipssunderland.com for the time table of events and locations.
A number of the ships will be berthed in the historic Hudson Dock not normally open to the public and a bus service from Park Lane Bus Station and Metro takes you there every 12 minutes, service 33T.
The ships set sail on Saturday 14th July heading north up the coast before turning east for the next stage of the event. The website suggests 5pm to 7pm to catch them in full sail, but go early to get a parking place. Check out the website for parking restrictions etc.
Iris Trophy, set of five PDI’s
1st Place Alison CoatsworthTreevolution
2nd Place George Hodgson Impressions
3rd Place Alan Sharp Civil War Battle
HC Was awarded to Angy Ellis,
Hon Members’ Cup set of five prints.
1st Place Hon Members Cup Catherine Yates Connections
2nd Place Hon Members Cup George Hodgson Weasel in the woodpile
3rd Place Hon Members Cup Tony Mearman
H C’s Were awarded to David Forster and Tony Griffiths
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The new display boards, which will be used for our Exhibition, arrived at the
Cathedral today (Monday 2 July). We confirmed that we can display up to 48
prints. In addition, we can display 15 prints in the restaurant.
We need another 20 prints to reach our total of 63 prints. So could you bring
along your prints either Thursday 5 July or Thursday 12 July at the latest!
The display boards look great so please help us to make this a fabulous
exhibition. WE NEED YOUR PRINTS!!
Traditionally, the colliery bands would march though their villages starting early in the morning and the make their way to Durham from all directions and, in the main, that tradition remains today.
The main assembly point is the city centre Market Place and bands and banners start to march from there to the Racecourse from about 8.30am. Other assembly points are the Miners’ HQ at Red Hill near the railway station and the New Inn on the west of the city.
The focal point of the Gala is the County Hotel at Old Elvet where the two legs of the procession converge. Here, the union leaders, invited guests and local dignitaries greet the march from the hotel balcony and the bands pause to play their “party piece” before marching the short distance to the Racecourse where there is a platform for the speakers.
The procession can take three to four hours to pass the County Hotel due to the huge numbers attending and the frequent pauses at the hotel. However, a wonderful atmosphere of street theatre is created there making the occasion more a fiesta than a march.
On the Racecourse, the banners are strapped to the surrounding fences creating a colourful tapestry of working class history.
On the riverside, there are rides for the children and stalls selling everything from books to fast food.
In the marquees, there are many exhibitions and a place where tea and sandwiches can be bought run by the Durham Labour Party. And, on a field overlooking the racecourse, there is a fun fair with some scary rides for the more adventurous.
At 1pm, the platform party arrives and the Chairman opens the meeting.
After the speeches, four or five selected bands and banners march to the Cathedral for the Miners’ Service. Whether you are a believer or not, this is worth a visit for the sheer dramatic experience.
13th to 22nd July 2018
A perennial favourite, with international street bands transforming Durham’s World Heritage centre into the ‘Home of Street BRASS’ for days of fun, frolics and musical madness. Great opportunities of pictures!