Tall ships crew parade will have a real roar to it!
It's revving up to be spectacular! That's The Tall Ships Races crew parade in Sunderland which will be led through the streets by a squad of 50 Hells Angels.
More details were today announced on the parade which is always one of the highlights of any tall ships legs.
And Sunderland’s promises to be something very special with the Hells Angels leading a 1200-strong field of crewmates.
Sunderland is the start port for The Tall Ships Races 2018, and the city will welcome sailing vessels and their crews from around the world for five days of celebration from July 10 to July 14.
On Thursday, July 12 at 3pm, the crews will take part in a spectacular parade through the city.
The bikers’ Club House, Angel’s Place, was used to house and rehabilitate injured sailors from the epic Battle of Trafalgar, in which Admiral Horatio Nelson took fire against a larger fleet of French and Spanish ships.
And the Hells Angels carefully guard the building’s very own Holy Grail – a full, battle log naming the Sunderland sailors killed in the Battle of Trafalgar alongside Nelson.
The Crew Parade will set off from the Civic Centre Car Park and the route will go along Burdon Road, Fawcett Street, across Wearmouth Bridge, down to Bonnersfield, finishing at the stage area at St Peters Campus.
The Parade ends with a prize-giving Ceremony at St Peter’s, led by Sail Training International – which organises the Races - and attended by The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Lynda Scanlan.
The Hells Angels, leading the Parade, will be followed by 152 Sunderland sail trainees and the ships’ crews, who will parade in the alphabetical order of their ships.
Coun John Kelly, Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Communities and Culture, said: “There will also be stilt walkers and a real carnival-style feel to the parade.
“There will be great viewing all along the route – from Burdon Road for the start and down Fawcett Street – and the plan is to give the crews a fantastic Wearside welcome.”
A spokesman for the Hells Angels said: “It’s brilliant that the port of Sunderland, one of the oldest and greatest ports in Britain, has been chosen to hold this internationally famous event and we are very honoured to be leading the Parade.”
For further information about The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 visit www.tallshipssunderland.com.