LIVE: Day one of the Tall Ships Races in Sunderland

Today marks the start of an exciting week in the Sunderland cultural calendar as the Wearside leg of the Tall Ships Races gets underway.

The event has been years in the making - and the fun will officially kick off today as the final ships arrive and a range of activities start. We’ll be here bringing you live updates as the day goes on. Today’s highlights include the launch of a flower festival at St Peter’s, the first live performance of the Tall Ships Song and an exciting welcome parade.

And the fun is set to continue all week with events on the schedule right through until Saturday.

So, keep in the loop with our live updates each day and don’t forget to tag us on social media in your pictures.

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