'Well done Sunderland and all that made it possible' - readers praise for Tall Ships Races

Visitors to the Tall Ships Races in Sunderland have been sharing their experiences of the event.

Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 2:13 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 2:22 pm
Enjoying the Tall Ships in Sunderland.

Ships started to arrive on Monday, and the majestic Parade of Sail took place off the coast of Sunderland on Saturday.

Enjoying the Tall Ships in Sunderland.

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The numbers helped crown the event as one of the biggest in Sunderland's history - and was said to be the biggest free festival of entertainment to be held anywhere in the UK this year.

More than 50 ships visited Sunderland as part of the sailing spectacular, including Russian vessel Mir, which was 350ft long.

Here's how you reacted to the story on Facebook:

Lynne Lyons-Davis: "My husband and I came up for the Tall Ship's and had a fantastic time it was very well done. Park and ride used everyday. Even the weather was great."

What a view!

Pete Bogg: "Fantastic event, walked miles, magnificent ships and a fabulous atmosphere. My family loved it and what fantastic pictures we took."

Anna Maven: "Absolutely brilliant few days. Me, my husband and four kids had a fab experience and visited every day always seeing something new.

"A wonderful atmosphere and felt proud that such a huge event was held here in Sunderland.

"Food and drink is always pricey at events like this so guess what? We took our own! Amazing eh?"

Crowds watching the Parade of Sail.

Colin Fozzard: "Brilliant event that did Sunderland proud. Way better than the air show, with less trouble and a much better atmosphere."

Paul Colborn: "Love the positivity it's brought to the city, well done to all, especially the volunteers."

Ivor Prestwood: "A stunning event and one that Sunderland should be very proud of."

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Vicki Milburn: "Brilliant. I was on annual leave so enjoyed it for the full event. Apart from Friday evening and Saturday, it wasn’t hugely crowded.

"Each day had its own pluses. Tuesday evening in the port was great for getting close to the ships.

"There was enough people to create a good atmosphere but it wasn’t too crowded. Wednesday to Friday saw open ships, which was brilliant.

"Saturday was very interesting watching as the crews and trainees prepared to leave, people climbed high up the masts, jobs on deck were being done, the trainees were being briefed etc.

"The crew parade, ships leaving parade, Finnish circus, high wire walkers and firework displays were very enjoyable."

Eileen Robinson: "It was great - when can we do it all over again?"

Simon Wade: "Great to see so many positive comments, makes a refreshing change!"

Maurice Alderson: "Totally brilliant ... well done Sunderland and all that made it possible."

Sylvia Weetman: "Enjoyed every day great atmosphere."

Hilda Dickinson: "Excellent event."

Phil Oakes: "And soon the airshow. Great little city."