Tall Ships anthem set for first play as races arrive in Sunderland

Sunderland’s tall ships anthem will be played publicly on the first official day of the Wearside festival.

Readers will recall the story of ‘The Tall Ships Song’ which has been written by George Lamb, and performed by George Shovlin.

The team behind The Tall Ships song.

The team behind The Tall Ships song.

Both are members of the nationally-acclaimed blues/rock band ‘George Shovlin and The Radars’, and organisers of the hugely successful weekly live music night Speakeasy at the Harbour View, Roker.

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And the song they have created celebrates Sunderland’s leg of The Tall Ships Races which takes place on Wearside between Wednesday, July 10, and Saturday, July 14.

George Shovlin told us: “We are due to perform the song when ‘George Shovlin and The Radars’ play on the Town Moor at 2pm, on Wednesday, July 11, as part of the Tall Ships programme.

We have had nothing but good feedback from people who have heard the song....some even finding it quite moving. It is the nearest I have ever heard to a Sunderland anthem

George Shovlin

“We have had nothing but good feedback from people who have heard the song ... some even finding it quite moving. It is the nearest I have ever heard to a Sunderland anthem.”

The song is available to buy on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. Any proceeds will go to the Sunderland Maritime Heritage charity.