Tales from the riverbank

VIEWS ACROSS THE RIVER; A new webcam will share views of Sunderland's historic East End from across the river at the Sculpture Trail


A NEW RIVERSIDE WEBCAM will provide live pictures from one of the oldest parts of Sunderland as the city prepares to welcome the Tall Ships.

The webcam situated at Manor Quay on the north bank of the Wear is sited on the sculpture ‘Shadows in Another Light’ and looks across to the East End of Sunderland and The Port.

It has been part funded through Northumbrian Water as part of their ‘Legacy Project’ celebrating local heritage and supporting local communities.

This particular project was instigated by local Heritage champion Dorothy Stewart who has worked tirelessly on the lead up to the Tall Ships Races to promote the Riverside Sculpture Trail as a permanent visitor destination for the city

The camera will be operated by Sunderland City Council with pictures live streamed onto Sunderland City Council’s website allowing visitors and residents to have 24 hour access to one of the most interesting views in the city.

Sunderland City Council Cabinet  Member for Communities and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said:  “The camera has been fitted at one of the most exciting times for the city as we welcome the Tall Ships Races to Sunderland, and will allow people to log-on and view some amazing footage, including the berthing of some of the biggest ships.

“The camera will stay in position after the Tall Ships allowing visitors to view the city’s river through its changing times, including spotting wildlife along the riverside and watching the journeys of vessels up and down the river and visiting the Port as people have done for generations.”

The camera also gives views of the ‘Hammerhead crane’ sandblasted into the pavement as part of Sunderland’s Riverside Sculpture Trail as visitors walk along the popular riverside path towards the National Glass Centre. 

The silhouette is actually a maze, depicting replicas of oversized nuts, bolts and rivets used extensively for shipbuilding as a visual celebration of Sunderland’s proud maritime heritage ( For more information on the Sculpture Trail visit https://www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk/sculpture-trail  )

Northumbrian Water Project Manager, Simon Cossar added; “This project came out of a chance meeting at our Innovation Festival in 2017, so it has taken a while to deliver, but it’s great that we have been able to complete this project in time for the Tall Ships.

“This is another great example of our legacy project within Northumbrian Water, where we look to give something back to the area and community we have been working in.

“Northumbrian Water has completed a number of projects within this area of Sunderland and proud to leave something for the community to use and hopefully enjoy the views this camera will provide.”

The Sunderland City Council and Northumbrian Water cultural heritage partnership project has been working with local companies Aceda Ltd (www.aceda.co.uk) and Vemotion to meet the technical and technological  challenges of fitting the web camera and sharing the images onto the council website.

 To log onto the webcam please visit https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/article/15667/Riverside-webcam

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2013 marked 21 years since Sunderland city status from HM The Queen, on 23rd March 1992.


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