Gorgeous pictures from the Tall Ships show Sunderland at its best

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Happy crowds have been turning out to enjoy the first day proper of the Tall Ships in Sunderland.

All ships taking part in the event are due to arrive by the end of today, and people of all ages have been out welcoming crews, gazing at ships and getting involved in the many events taking place.

Day one of the Tall Ships in Sunderland

Day one of the Tall Ships in Sunderland

Sunderland has taken on an amazing carnival atmosphere with a real buzz around the city.

Here are some of the pictures from out photographic team who are out capturing the magic on Day One of the Tall Ships in Sunderland.

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