Keel Square launch event

Sunderland to launch Keel Square
Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunderland's new public space Keel Square is officially opened on Monday 31 August at 11 am with a whole host of events and activities.

The activities include:


Official opening by the Mayor of the City of Sunderland and Special Guests the SAFC Ladies Football Team.

The launch event at Keel Square will celebrate Sunderland’s shipbuilding and industrial heritage, commencing with an official opening at the unique public art feature, known as Propellers of the City. The Mayor accompanied by members of the Sunderland Ladies Football Club will be led into Keel Square to officially open the square at Propellers of the City artwork.

11am to 3pm

Visitors will be invited into the Square to see maritime themed activities and exhibitions including street entertainment and live music. It will also be an opportunity for visitors to see the new square in detail.


The Port Hole - moving and still images of the Port of Sunderland.

See archived images of the Port of Sunderland including footage of the working dockyards and what it was like living in the largest shipbuilding town in the world.

HMS Venerable

The 1/10 scale model of the HMS Venerable will be on display showing the flagship of Admiral Duncan at the Battle of Camperdown. With re-enactments of the story of Jack Crawford. In the year 1797, Jack Crawford, then aged 22, was serving on board The Venerable, the flagship of Admiral Duncan. This short theatrical re-enactment will show how the famous young man from Sunderland saved the day for England. Performances will take place at the following times 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2pm.

Men of the Docks

Step bank in time with a shipbuilding tool talk and demonstration by Dock Workers. See what techniques were used in shipbuilding in times gone by.

The HMS Venerable model boat, Men of the Docks tool talks and the Jack Crawford story are is provided by Sunderland Maritime Heritage Centre.

Sun FM

Will be on site with the See it Do it / Sun FM giant deckchair, activities, broadcasting live from Keel Square and will be doing vox pop interviews throughout the day.

Live Music

Live Music will be provided by Alistair Anderson, internationally recognized as the master of the English Concertina and a fine performer on the Northumbrian Pipes. His wide musical horizons have led to many exciting projects. This includes the latest collaboration with folk musicians Northlands to provide songs and tunes, old and new, from the North East and beyond.

The Trawlers

With barnacle beards, big bouncy boots, and bright yellow suits, these seafaring fishermen are a spectacular site and have many tales of the high seas to tell.

The Deep Sea Divers

Look out for two divers wearing large corroded copper helmets squirting jets of water and draped with sea-weed and crabs exploring the new public square.

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Did you know?

Sunderland is one of the few cities in the UK to have a river, beautiful coastline and two award winning beaches at Roker and Seaburn.


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