Story of Sunderland’s shipyards

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WEARSIDE’S shipyard community will get the chance to see a unique arts event when it comes to Sunderland next month.

Songs from the Shipyards is a collaboration between the Port of Tyne, Northumberland band The Unthanks and the Customs House, South Shields, and traces the story of the regions’s shipyards through music and images.

It is coming back to Sunderland as part of the Festival of the North East.

The story is told through a film created by director Richard Fenwick from historic archive footage, with live music from The Unthanks.

There will be a performance at Sunderland Minster on Thursday, June 13.

Susan Wear, Port of Tyne director of corporate affairs, said: “We are delighted to help bring it to audiences in the three riverside communities of Tyneside, Teesside and Wearside.

“For anyone with a connection to the heritage of the great rivers of the North East, Songs from the Shipyards is an unforgettable experience and not to be missed.”

Tickets for the Sunderland show are £14 and £15, and available from