Tyne & Wear

Sunderland Parade of Sail marks Tall Ships festival end

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Image caption The five-day event attracted more than a million visitors

Tall ships have set sail from Sunderland at the end of a five-day festival.

More than 50 ships from 16 different countries took part in the maritime event, which attracted more than a million visitors.

HRH Princess Anne paid an official visit, and there were a number of land-based entertainments and activities.

The ships left the River Wear in a Parade of Sail and headed off to Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands.

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Image caption Crowd lined Roker Pier to wave the vessels off
Image caption The ships' crews paraded through Sunderland
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Image caption The Christian Radich is one of Norway's best-known sailing ambassadors

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