I love it when the City of Sunderland really really gets things right and this was an event to remember. Last week the riverside welcomed the 2018 Tall Ship Race contenders – 53 vessels in all. The most impressive, by far the largest, was the Russian ship Mir, seen leading the departure on Saturday in the photo above.The whole waterfront was in festival mode. It was very odd seeing my old workplace transformed into a funfair!Bryan and I didn’t go to many of the events over the three days. We missed a reenactment of Jack Crawford, Hero of Camperdown, nailing his colours to the mast (as represented in Alice in Sunderland). But the highwire act over the Wear sounded too good to miss. The fireworks on the bridge afterwards were spectacular.Fair winds, tall ships! We’ll miss you.Photos of Mir’s departure and Friday’s highwire act and fireworks from @TallShipsSunderland.