Sunderland school unveils work of art to celebrate city’s heritage

Mike Clay and the children at Dame Dorothy Primary School.
Mike Clay and the children at Dame Dorothy Primary School.

Pupils at a Sunderland primary have their very own piece of art to reflect the city’s heritage.

Dame Dorothy Primary School engaged artist Mike Clay to work alongside pupils to create a lasting piece of art linked to Sunderland.

In a little over three weeks, Mike, designed and built a replica of the last ship to be built on the River Wear.

The project was funded by the Friends of Dame Dorothy Primary School and the model commemorates both the historical importance of shipbuilding and also the link with the Tall Ships Races 2018.

The Barbary Coast refers to the name traditionally given to the communities living on the north bank of the River Wear, and was chosen as the name of the model ship in a competition.

The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Doris MacKnight, officially launched the new vessel in the school grounds.