Share your shipyard memories and you could win lunch for five

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The tall ships are coming – and so is an opportunity to win a lunch for five.

And to stand a chance of winning, all you have to do is share your shipbuilding memories of Sunderland.

A panoramic view of industrial Wearside in 1961.

A panoramic view of industrial Wearside in 1961.

The pending arrival of the Tall Ships fleet will create a stunning spectacle on the banks of the River Wear.

It will also throw the spotlight on the city’s great maritime heritage.

And a huge part of that heritage was the shipbuilding industry which came to a sad end when closure of the last remaining yard was announced back in 1988.

But many older readers will still have strong memories of those shipbuilding days, so we have teamed up with Sunderland Marriott to offer a lunch for five to the reader whose letter we enjoy reading the most.

We will be hosting visitors coming to Sunderland to see those magnificent tall ships but we thought that this maritime memories competition would give us a chance to involve local people in the celebrations

Eamonn Thompson

We will be publishing your letters over the coming weeks in the lead up to the arrival of those magnificent tall ships.

Marriott Multi Property General Manager Eamonn Thompson said the Sunderland Marriott was known as the Seaburn Hotel back in those days and had its part to play in serving the shipbuilding industry.

He added: “We will be hosting visitors coming to Sunderland to see those magnificent tall ships but we thought that this maritime memories competition would give us a chance to involve local people in the celebrations.”

So don’t delay, take a wander down your own memory lane today by emailing your contribution together with your telephone number and any pictures to Nigel@Media-Consult.co.uk

A 1971 scene showing the Southwick shipyard of the Austin and Pickersgill Group.

A 1971 scene showing the Southwick shipyard of the Austin and Pickersgill Group.

Letters marked Maritime Memories and including your telephone number, may also be posted to Liz Codling at The Marriott, Queens Parade, Sunderland SR6 8DB, but only send copies of pictures or those which do not have to be returned.

Note – the prize must be taken before October 31 this year and does not include beverages.