The Star Spangled Banner was raised over Washington Old Hall to mark Independence Day.
The ancestral home of America’s first president – George Washington – provided the venue for the annual Fourth of July celebrations this morning as scores of school children took part in the event.
One of the highlights of the day was the raising of the stars and stripes flag by special guest Jon Gann from Washington DC, creator and director of DC Shorts - a short film festival in Washington DC – while the American national anthem was sung.
The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Barry Curran said: “When I became Mayor of Sunderland this was one of the annual events I most looked forward to, representing the people of our city at an occasion which symbolises our unique links with the United States and its capital.
“The Friendship Agreement between our city and Washington DC is something we can all be proud of, and something which continues to create significant benefits.
“The event is all about celebrating our shared past, but also an opportunity to look forward to our shared future and it is fantastic to have our partnership with Washington DC so much at the heart of today’s celebration”
The event is all about celebrating out shared past.The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Barry Curran
Jack Stoker, chairman of Sunderland Youth Parliament, gave a reading from the ‘Declaration of Independence’ and Martyn Foster from Broadway Junior School read Martin Luther King’s ‘The Dream’.
Presentations on the theme of Liberty were also given by John F Kennedy Primary school, George Washington Primary School and Broadway Junior School.