Salt of the earth - the Hartlepool chipmates who won a tall ships prize

The Black Dimaond of Durham receiving their award.
The Black Dimaond of Durham receiving their award.

A crew from Hartlepool - dressed as Captain Birdseye and a bag of chips - were tasty winners of a Tall Ships Races prize.

The Black Diamond of Durham made a stunning sight as they paraded through the streets of Sunderland - and relished it.

Tall Ships Port of Sunderland. 21-07-2018.  Picture by FRANK REID

Tall Ships Port of Sunderland. 21-07-2018. Picture by FRANK REID

At the end of the crew parade, there was a prizegiving ceremony and Black Diamond skipper Cal Whitehand took to the stage with his ‘chipmates’ to collect a trophy for the best fancy dress in class C.

They weren’t the only ones to have bags of fun.

Spectators in their thousands took to the streets to watch the parade from Sunderland Civic Centre to St Peter’s Riverside, via the city centre which was closed off for the festival.

And one person who got to play a wonderful part in it all was 65-year-old Hazel McGregor - a retired head teacher who spent part of her career at Cotsford Infants School in Horden.

The Ships Races crew parade awards. The Black Dimaond of Durham, skipper Cal Whitehand.

The Ships Races crew parade awards. The Black Dimaond of Durham, skipper Cal Whitehand.

She said: “It is great that we will take part in the parade in our city and it is nice to see so many other people taking part.”

Hazel, from Washington, will be sailing out of Sunderland this Saturday on the Santa Maria Manuela and thinks the whole event has been tremendous for Wearside.

But before then, she joined more than 1,000 people on the crew parade which was led off by 50 Hells Angels.

Tall Ships Races crew parade.

Tall Ships Races crew parade.

The Tall Ships Races Crew Parade at St Peters

The Tall Ships Races Crew Parade at St Peters