Wow! Look at this fantastic tall ships support from these Sunderland library volunteers

Library volunteers are shouting out loud about one of the biggest events in Sunderland's history.

Monday, 21st May 2018, 1:21 pm
Updated Monday, 21st May 2018, 1:26 pm
Volunteers at Fulwell Community Library are showing their colours in support of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018

The team at Fulwell Community Library are backing The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 by supporting everything from a school short-story competition to book buying with a nautical theme.

They have also put up bunting and banners to decorate Sea Road and Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Communities and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “This is a shining example of how communities and organisations across the city are getting involved with The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.”

He thanked them for another aspect of their support – helping with the administration of the access permits for local residents.

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The Library was formally opened last July, but it offers much more than a traditional library service. It has recruited more than 100 volunteers, received more than 27,000 visitors and has attracted several community groups to use the available space.

Richard Beck, from the library, added: “Our volunteers are delighted to be part of something as iconic as The Tall Ships Races.

“Amongst all that we are doing, we are also working with local schools and offering a prize of £200 to their funds for both the best short story about Sailing Ships between 100 and 200 words and the best painting of a tall ship.

“The team work hard to provide everything from children’s story time sessions and activities for young people to help with job applications and of course community involvement in events.

“I hope everyone comes along and makes the most of the fantastic opportunities.”