Sunderland Sea Cities


Sunderland

Series meeting the people who live and work around Britain's port cities. Sunderland gets a new landmark with the arrival of the centrepiece for the Northern Spire Bridge.


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Around the coast of Britain are cities where lives

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are shaped by the sea.

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HOOTER BLARES

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It gets the heart going a bit.

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Each city is a gateway to the wider world,

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and around each city

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thousands of people work in jobs that touch all of our lives.

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-Lovely to meet you.

-Whether it's keeping us safe...

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OK, deep breathing.

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..or keeping us smiling.

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Yes, my love. Don't spend your bus fare, will you?

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Jobs that keep the nation afloat.

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We are on call 24/7, 365 days a year.

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From clocking on in the morning...

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..to relaxing after work...

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The seaside beckons.

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..around the shores and rivers of their home towns,

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water brings people together.

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On the northeast coast of England,

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Sunderland is getting a new landmark.

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It's been a great experience.

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Something not to be missed.

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Along the River Wear, maritime links are still strong,

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for industry and for people.

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Ladies and gentlemen, the ship is open.

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And the crowds drop in for the airshow.

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It's a seaside jump. They're always special.

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Sunderland. A city with a maritime history stretching back

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hundreds of years.

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But it's a city that's changing.

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Old and new working traditions are coming together...

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..while the lure of the sea continues to bring pleasure seekers.

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And on the horizon, a 21st-century addition to the city's skyline.

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It's the moment Sunderland has been waiting for.

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For the first time in 40 years, the River Wear is to have a new bridge.

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The Northern Spire.

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Arriving today from Belgium, the centrepiece.

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Twice the height of Nelson's Column.

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The challenge -

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to navigate the massive structure

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two-and-a-half miles up the twists and turns of the river.

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A job two years in the planning.

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This is quite exciting because not something of this size and magnitude

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we haven't taken up river before.

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Baber Abidi is going to pilot the pylon to the construction site.

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It's got to be done so it will be done.

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But he's got to squeeze the precious cargo

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under the city's existing bridges.

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The tide level in the river has to be just right.

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It will be a close shave.

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At 4.30am, Baber is ready to go.

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All looking good so far.

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Just waiting for the moorings.

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Once the moorings are sorted out, the tug is in place and then we

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are on our merry way.

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Position on starboard quarter.

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Baber is coordinating two tugs,

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pulling the pylon up the river.

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With the first bridge approaching, the moment of truth.

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If his calculations are wrong...

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..the load will hit the bottom of the bridge.

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There is only a metre to play with.

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But the narrowest bend in the river is still to come.

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Dawn. Mission accomplished.

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I'm very pleased with how it went.

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A very smooth operation.

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All the way up to the site.

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I think it took about two-and-a-half hours, something like that.

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Just under three hours to get there and be stationed on the site.

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But to me it looked like half an hour.

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And yes, to come out of it pleased with myself.

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Yes, I have a part in it.

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A big part, because it is the centrepiece.

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HOOTER BLOWS

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The port of Sunderland has welcomed seafarers for hundreds of years.

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Almost!

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One woman is keeping that tradition alive.

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I'm preparing to visit the ship and to bring them along some gifts and

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some useful things that they may need in the cold weather.

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And then I have a little tape on here and this is called -

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I love it - You Raise Me Up.

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It is just one thing - You Raise Me Up.

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Sister Mary Scholastica opens her mission whenever a ship docks in

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the city, caring for sailors far from home.

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Somebody put that on the internet, giving the Pope the shirt,

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and I got it framed.

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And it's amazing, all the people ask me to do a copy for them.

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They love hoodies and love it with the hood on

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because when they come out

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in the cold, if they are the cook or the chef or that, they love that

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and with the zip on and they zip it on and they are beautiful.

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The most important thing we can give to anybody is our time.

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So, I have lived here in Sunderland for 59 years, in this city.

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So there are very few people I don't know.

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-Keeping well?

-Very well, thank you.

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Sister Mary is stocking up on mobile SIM cards.

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Five, six.

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-There you go.

-Thank you. All the best.

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Thank you, look after yourself.

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By far our best customer.

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Hat on...

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Today she is visiting the crew of the Cellus,

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which has been unloading wood pulp.

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That's good. Lovely to meet you.

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Lovely to see you back again.

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No problem.

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Thank you.

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Hello. Nice meeting you again.

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I'll give them another top up on the card that they can use tonight.

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Sister Mary hands over the mobile SIM cards so the crew can have

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vital access to home and the internet.

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Are you on Facebook and all of that?

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-Yeah.

-That's great.

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You're on Facebook and all of that.

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My nephews have me on, and the family,

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on WhatsApp and that and all these bits are going

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and all these pictures are going and all these things.

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She brings a lot of love, a lot of nice reaction.

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Everybody's happy so I think it is a good idea.

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Yeah.

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Have you been on the ship before?

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Have I met you before, haven't I?

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I have. That's right.

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Sister Mary is very generous.

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She brings much, you know, much present for, like, toothpaste, everything.

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Yeah. Winter clothes.

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Cold here in the North East but it would be colder still in Norway and

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Sweden, I would imagine.

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So I have brought you some nice warm clothing.

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-Thank you.

-I've brought you T-shirts and I've brought you

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some lovely gifts.

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Very generous.

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-Thank you.

-Tesco's shelves would be empty

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if we hadn't seafarers to fill them.

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We would have no food on the shelves.

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You wouldn't have these beautiful trainers and shoes and everything

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like that if we had no seafarers.

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The Lord will probably retire me when he thinks I should retire,

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I think.

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I will do it while I am able to do it and then I will be able to row

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-my boat ashore...

-Bye-bye.

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See you next time.

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..And thank the Lord for the opportunities,

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many opportunities and blessings he has given.

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Sunderland was once the world's biggest ship builder

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but all the yards have closed.

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Today, young people need to find work in other industries.

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Like crane building.

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Malcolm Smith started in the shipyards in 1974.

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Now he is passing on his engineering skills to the apprentices here at

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Liebherr Cranes.

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Basically, what we are doing today,

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we are laying the pallets out with the fork truck.

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We're setting a little bit of an obstacle course up.

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For Tony, for his cherry picking course.

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The pallets is getting laid out just to give a little bit of

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an idea for the lad when he is driving around,

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putting a few obstacles just to make things a little bit awkward for him.

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Tony Armstrong is 19 and in the second year of his apprenticeship.

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Today's test - mastering the art of the cherry picker.

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-Now you're fired up.

-Yep.

-All right. Are you happy with that?

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-Yep.

-I would like you to lift us off the ground, just enough.

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Just a joystick, you know.

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-All right.

-Space Invaders.

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All right. Nae bother.

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-Before my time.

-Never mind before your time.

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Super Mario. You dinna want to bounce out the basket.

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I'm a human being, not a monkey.

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I canna have anywhere.

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Now it's getting tighter for you.

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Now it's getting tighter.

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Perfect, that, now.

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Easy.

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Remember the wood, touch that wood and that's it.

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Tony has got safely around the obstacles.

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Now it's time to gain some height.

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Nice and easy.

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Fingertip control.

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Treat it like a woman!

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-All right. Treat it like a woman.

-I'll try, Mal.

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Nice and gentle.

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You can tell your lass that.

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When you are 60 foot up in the air, you cannot be too cocky, you know?

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-Aye, that's the thing, Mal.

-There's only one way and that's down.

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I think we've got an audience.

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-Just a bit, like, Mal.

-Visitors.

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I never thought I'd get a job as David Attenborough!

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Flipping heck!

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So, has Tony done enough to pass?

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I must say congratulations,

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for you have passed that course for the cherry picker.

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-Thank you.

-So, well done.

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-You're ticking the wrong boxes, like.

-Oh, well, I'll turn that over.

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You don't have to say that!

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I could have adjusted that later on!

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The camera wasn't even on that!

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Flipping hell. All right, then.

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Fail, fail, fail...

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On the seafront, a very different challenge...

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..for runners from across the North East.

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A camera just appeared in front of my face.

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I'm just phoning Mum for inspiration.

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It's the biggest event on the calendar

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for the Sunderland Strollers -

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the Pier To Pier race.

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Five minutes to start, please.

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LOUD-HAILER WHOOPS

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Thank you.

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First and second. All right?

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Three, two, one, go!

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It's a seven-mile route from South Shields to Sunderland.

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Phil Tweddell created the run 20 years ago.

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Now he's president of the Strollers.

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See you at the finish.

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Today he's taking the easy route.

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On a training run I would have taken the clifftop, the edge path,

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but if I was actually in the run I would have taken the shorter route

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through the thick grass.

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All right.

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Lead runners are coming along the beach now.

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Should be at the finishing line in a matter of seconds.

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-Come on!

-Come on, Wendy.

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Come on. Come on, Wendy.

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Well done.

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You've done awesome, chick. Well done. Well done.

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-As president of the club I congratulate you on an excellent run.

-Thank you!

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This is the first win for me, and especially for the Strollers.

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-The Strollers' vest.

-It's got to be the Strollers' vest

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for the Strollers' run.

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Go on!

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-That was fun.

-It's something the city should be proud of.

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Just down the beach,

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a business that has been part of the seafront for decades.

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There we go.

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Nice and quiet. Nice and silent.

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Grant Selden runs the family arcade with his sister, and with half term,

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he's hoping to be busy.

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Get ready, get prepared for all the families and children coming in

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today and, you know, hopefully make some more money.

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This is a big investment for us.

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It was all the money what we had and didn't have.

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Put all your eggs in one basket and luckily it paid off.

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-Yes, my love.

-The spinning machines.

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Has it ran out of tickets?

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Has it ran out of tickets?

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-Has it what?

-What are you asking me?

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No, the toy thing is stuck.

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The toy is stuck? There he is, man.

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I've been here since I was four years old.

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50, well, more than 50 years ago.

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Yes, love. Hello.

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Are you all right?

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-Yeah.

-Lindsay and Grant learned the ropes from their parents,

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who never took a holiday.

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Always had to be open. It never had to be closed.

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We always had to be open.

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And he died on Christmas Day.

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And that day we were closed anyway.

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And it was like, you know, "We haven't even had a day off!"

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We didn't even get a day off.

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He knew! He knew!

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Don't spend your bus fare, will you?

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Just waiting for stock coming in this afternoon.

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I ordered it yesterday.

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I mean, the cranes are like random

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so you could win a couple of toys very early on

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and then not win none for a little while.

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They run an average time.

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But we do, we have them generous.

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We have the cranes generous.

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You like to give value for money to customers.

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The arcade is reliant on day trippers

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coming to enjoy the seaside.

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People love it. Get the buckets and spades, go out to the beach,

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come back when the tide comes in.

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They just love it, you know.

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I don't like the sea. I don't go in the water and I don't go on a boat

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and I don't... No.

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I don't, no. I'd love to go on a cruise but

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you'd have to go on the sea, wouldn't you?

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Oh, terrible, terrible.

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Fools. Fools!

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For over 100 years,

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Roker Lighthouse has guided ships home through the North Sea storms.

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This hidden passage helped men keep the lamp burning

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whatever the weather.

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When the weather was fairly stormy,

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he would use this tunnel to get to the lighthouse.

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Phil from the Sunderland Strollers running club

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is retracing steps he took as a child.

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At the end of this tunnel under the pier, his grandfather,

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William Emerson, the lighthouse keeper, was waiting.

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He knew we were on our way so he would be waiting for us at

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the basement there and he would bang the door...

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..and so the sound would reverberate backwards and forwards through

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the tunnel, which was quite nerve-racking.

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Absolutely terrifying.

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It was terrifying. He also made ghostly noises as we got towards

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the end there.

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The lighthouse is going to open to the public after a £1 million

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makeover. Phil will act as a guide.

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Matt Storey, who is overseeing the restoration,

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spots a chance to jog some memories.

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Can you remember what sort of condition it was in?

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Well, last time I was in it, it was like this,

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it was in very good condition.

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The tiles were perfect.

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The handrail could do with a polish.

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-Isn't that what you used to do?

-That was one of my jobs.

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That was one of the family jobs - when my sister,

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my cousins came down to the lighthouse,

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which was on a regular basis,

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we were not allowed to walk up the stairs

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without polishing the handrail.

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The lighthouse is still working today.

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Here we are, Matt. We are in the light room.

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You can see the panoramic view from the windows here.

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And as a youngster you used to have to come here with my grandfather

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and clean the windows.

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We couldn't reach very far so it was difficult cleaning those windows,

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and quite terrifying.

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-I bet it was. I wouldn't like to do it.

-I wouldn't like to do it now.

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Yeah, that's fine. Go to your guest, which is Stephen...McCaffrey.

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Is that cable all right like that, Josh?

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Yeah, that's great.

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It is a big day for the Northern Spire.

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You can see the steel icon is slowly, gradually

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starting to take shape.

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Just to give you an idea of what's happening,

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there is some steel jacks on this side of the river

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which are very gently,

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very gently inching this cable here

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and that's ever so slowly lifting the bridge into an upright position.

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It will take 48 hours to stand the massive pylon upright.

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See if you can loosen some of the propulsion,

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if you can put it on freewheel and then just drag it away.

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There is an international team working on this new road bridge.

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Ben Dunn is in charge of the lift.

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If the preparation is done correctly,

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then obviously you minimise the chance of problems

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but it is always possible that something is

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happening unforeseen.

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But so far, so good.

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And despite the bitterly cold weather,

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some people have braved the elements.

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It has been well worth every minute.

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It has been a great,

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great experience and one that I will only see once in my lifetime.

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Something not to be missed.

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Thank you.

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I thought I'd bring both the kids along and show them.

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Kind of...it's a big engineering feat and I think

0:23:010:23:04

it's worth coming to see.

0:23:040:23:05

Ryan Dillon has made Sunderland his home while he works on the Spire.

0:23:110:23:16

He's monitoring the stress levels on the winching cables.

0:23:160:23:19

It's going fairly well.

0:23:200:23:21

Everything is behaving as expected at this stage.

0:23:210:23:24

To finally get this linked after a hard year's work,

0:23:240:23:27

it's nice to be here.

0:23:270:23:29

Not every day you see 1,500 tonnes being winched up. Yes.

0:23:290:23:31

With every minute, the new bridge is taking shape.

0:23:400:23:44

Day two, and everything is going to plan.

0:23:520:23:55

14 months ago there was nothing on this river.

0:23:570:24:00

Each piece of the jigsaw come together to make it successful.

0:24:000:24:02

It's a massive milestone today to get this up.

0:24:020:24:05

The pylon is finally standing proud.

0:24:060:24:08

Sunderland's skyline has changed forever.

0:24:080:24:12

What about the boat?

0:24:230:24:25

-About 11 o'clock.

-Are you going to drop the mast or what?

0:24:250:24:28

-Yes.

-I tell you what I was thinking about,

0:24:280:24:30

was shall we put the kettle on?

0:24:300:24:32

-Good idea.

-Today,

0:24:320:24:34

the lads from Sunderland's Maritime Heritage Group are preparing to

0:24:340:24:37

commemorate the achievements of a local hero

0:24:370:24:40

with their hand-built warship, HMS Venerable.

0:24:400:24:44

-He's a good one.

-Stand beside it. Let's have a look.

0:24:470:24:50

Take your cap off.

0:24:500:24:52

Stand beside it.

0:24:520:24:53

LAUGHTER

0:24:530:24:54

Chairman Tommy Rowe runs a tight ship.

0:24:570:25:00

No messing about.

0:25:010:25:03

Come on, then. Don't leave us all to meself. Come on.

0:25:030:25:06

Where you been? You been hiding.

0:25:070:25:09

That's it!

0:25:090:25:10

Whoa! Go on.

0:25:110:25:13

They are re-enacting a naval battle with the model of HMS Venerable

0:25:170:25:21

-as the centrepiece.

-Lift.

0:25:210:25:23

Put this together.

0:25:240:25:26

I tell you what, these guys are just like clockwork -

0:25:260:25:29

you've got to wind them up now and again.

0:25:290:25:32

-I'm going to be gentle...

-That's the wrong bloody way.

0:25:340:25:37

-Sideways, that.

-What have you done?

0:25:370:25:39

That's sideways, that.

0:25:390:25:40

Whatever you do, don't look.

0:25:460:25:48

Me eyes are forwards.

0:25:480:25:50

Right, how do I look?

0:25:550:25:56

THEY SING

0:25:560:25:57

Welcome aboard the 74-gun ship HMS Venerable.

0:26:000:26:05

-Everything correct, sir.

-Thank you, Mr Fairfax.

0:26:080:26:10

In the Battle of Camperdown in the 18th century,

0:26:100:26:14

the Royal Navy clashed with the Dutch.

0:26:140:26:17

Steady!

0:26:180:26:19

Sunderland lad Jack Crawford

0:26:190:26:22

heroically saved the Navy from humiliation.

0:26:220:26:25

Fire!

0:26:250:26:26

Without a thought for himself, Jack Crawford,

0:26:280:26:31

through a hail of shot and a broken jaw,

0:26:310:26:34

climbed and nailed the colours back to the mast!

0:26:340:26:37

ALL CHEER

0:26:370:26:38

Crawford is remembered in the park,

0:26:400:26:43

a stone's throw from where Tommy is performing.

0:26:430:26:45

So there he is. Look at him.

0:26:470:26:48

Still braving the elements.

0:26:490:26:50

Well done, Jack.

0:26:530:26:54

See that? The hero of Camperdown.

0:26:560:26:59

He's made the symbol of Camperdown.

0:26:590:27:02

What a guy.

0:27:020:27:04

Go, Jack!

0:27:040:27:05

If he hadn't have done that I wouldn't be standing here like this.

0:27:060:27:10

I'd be standing here with clogs on,

0:27:100:27:13

eating a lump of Edam cheese and talking Dutch.

0:27:130:27:16

That's what would've happened.

0:27:160:27:17

And you can take that as gospel.

0:27:190:27:21

-MUSIC PLAYS

-And Jack cried out, "Avast!"

0:27:210:27:24

and the colours of old England he nailed up to the mast!

0:27:240:27:27

APPLAUSE

0:27:300:27:31

It's went really well.

0:27:370:27:38

We've had the biggest crowd, fantastic.

0:27:380:27:41

They've gotten rid of their money and we've never gotten one boo!

0:27:410:27:44

Those links with the Royal Navy continue, 200 years on.

0:27:530:27:57

Looks like the ship is about three or four miles out.

0:28:000:28:02

Boarding the ship will be from the starboard side,

0:28:050:28:08

that's what they were telling the launch.

0:28:080:28:10

Baber is here to navigate HMS Ocean, the Royal Navy's flagship,

0:28:140:28:19

into the port.

0:28:190:28:20

But first he's got to get on board.

0:28:220:28:24

Good afternoon.

0:28:340:28:35

Number one gun.

0:28:540:28:55

Fire!

0:28:550:28:56

Number two gun.

0:28:590:29:01

Fire!

0:29:010:29:02

HMS Ocean is Sunderland's adopted ship.

0:29:070:29:10

But this visit is especially poignant.

0:29:130:29:16

It's the last time Sunderland will catch a glimpse of her,

0:29:160:29:19

as the ship will soon be decommissioned.

0:29:190:29:22

HMS Ocean is in port for just five days, with a hectic schedule.

0:29:340:29:39

Today, the doors are being thrown open to the public.

0:29:390:29:42

It's its last visit.

0:29:450:29:46

It's historic.

0:29:460:29:47

You have to come and have a look, support it.

0:29:470:29:50

It's good. It's nice to see the ship here.

0:29:500:29:53

So, Joseph,

0:29:530:29:55

because we've only seen him far away at sea and close-up it should be

0:29:550:29:58

great, shouldn't it?

0:29:580:30:00

Yeah.

0:30:000:30:01

Because we know HMS Ocean is going to be decommissioned soon and never

0:30:020:30:07

been on a helicopter carrier, so will definitely come for that.

0:30:070:30:11

Second-in-command of the HMS Ocean is Commander Nick Wood.

0:30:140:30:19

-Already to go?

-Yes, sir.

-Excellent.

0:30:190:30:20

Right. Fantastic.

0:30:200:30:22

Should be busy all day.

0:30:220:30:23

You all right, young man?

0:30:230:30:25

-Good stuff.

-He's hoping for more than 8,000 visitors today.

0:30:250:30:29

Ladies and gentlemen, the ship is open. Please come in.

0:30:300:30:33

APPLAUSE

0:30:330:30:34

Welcome. Have a good time.

0:30:390:30:41

And he's looking out for one particular visitor.

0:30:410:30:43

Did you see this come in?

0:30:450:30:47

I mean, it must be incredible to manoeuvre in here.

0:30:470:30:50

My son is a commander.

0:30:520:30:54

-Is he?

-Yeah.

0:30:540:30:55

So you can say what you like!

0:30:550:30:56

Hello, Father. How you doing?

0:30:580:30:59

I'm fine, thank you, and you?

0:30:590:31:00

Welcome. Welcome to work.

0:31:000:31:02

Thank you.

0:31:020:31:03

Tell me what you do, show me what you do.

0:31:030:31:05

Nick's dad, Bob Wood, was brought up in Sunderland.

0:31:050:31:09

Where's the door?

0:31:090:31:10

And with friends, is getting a personal tour

0:31:110:31:13

from the second-in-command.

0:31:130:31:15

You're in the town centre, the back end of it.

0:31:170:31:20

Yeah, she's a bit of a beauty, isn't she?

0:31:200:31:24

In the bowels of Ocean, a lesson in how to navigate around the ship.

0:31:260:31:31

It's laid out in the same way as every other Royal Naval ship

0:31:320:31:36

is laid out. Two, three, four, five.

0:31:360:31:39

And then from there you go 01, 02, 03.

0:31:390:31:43

So we're on two-deck at the moment.

0:31:430:31:44

Hello!

0:31:460:31:47

Nice to meet you. I'm the captain. A very warm welcome to HMS Ocean.

0:31:530:31:56

That's quite a queue.

0:32:070:32:09

Hi, Sister, how are you?

0:32:110:32:12

-Very well, thank you.

-And Bob isn't the only VIP guest coming on board

0:32:120:32:16

-today.

-I'm just going to take you up now.

0:32:160:32:18

I'll introduce you to the captain.

0:32:180:32:20

Sister Mary, a very warm welcome to HMS Ocean.

0:32:230:32:25

A pleasure to come on board, thank you.

0:32:250:32:27

It's a real pleasure to welcome you to Ocean today.

0:32:270:32:30

And also, thank you for all the fantastic work that you do for your

0:32:310:32:35

important mission.

0:32:350:32:36

And on the bridge, a chance to sit in the hot seat.

0:32:380:32:41

Fantastic. I've just seen views I've never seen before and will probably

0:32:420:32:46

never see again. Panorama vista is brilliant.

0:32:460:32:51

And I've got to say that I'm so proud of my boy, because,

0:32:510:32:53

to be honest with you, I didn't think he'd make it.

0:32:530:32:56

I thought, first 12 weeks at Raleigh, kaput!

0:32:560:32:59

You know. But he came back and he got stuck in and it was brilliant.

0:32:590:33:03

-He's done so well.

-31 years later I'm still trying.

0:33:030:33:06

31 years later.

0:33:060:33:07

He still won't pay for a round of beer, but I still like him!

0:33:090:33:12

Down at Sunderland yacht club, there's a battle looming.

0:33:250:33:28

Ready to go, lads, when you are.

0:33:310:33:33

John Robertson is the man to beat.

0:33:330:33:36

-Go for it.

-Now he's back home in Sunderland,

0:33:360:33:38

everyone wants to challenge the Paralympian sailor.

0:33:380:33:41

Feel the tension rising now, already.

0:33:440:33:46

Especially Gordon Spencer.

0:33:460:33:49

This is my last chance to try and win some races.

0:33:490:33:51

Heads.

0:33:530:33:54

You can't doubt his experience or knowledge.

0:33:550:33:59

You just can't doubt it.

0:33:590:34:00

Gordon is quite quick, actually.

0:34:030:34:05

-Hear that, Gordon?

-What's that, sorry?

0:34:070:34:09

Nothing, nothing.

0:34:090:34:10

With the hot air out of the way, time to put wind in the sails.

0:34:110:34:16

That's it. Pull, pull, pull, mate.

0:34:170:34:20

Pleas, please, please. Ready?

0:34:200:34:23

Pull back, pull back. Pull, pull, pull, pull.

0:34:250:34:28

Pull back. Bit of breeze.

0:34:290:34:32

-Set. All right, there, Luke?

-Yeah, we're good.

0:34:320:34:36

We're racing now, yeah.

0:34:360:34:38

The race is a mile out to sea to the first buoy.

0:34:480:34:51

John is ahead of us but it's early days yet.

0:34:560:35:00

It's not over till the fat lady sings.

0:35:000:35:02

Pull back, pull back.

0:35:080:35:10

I want to beat everybody.

0:35:130:35:14

But Gordon, especially, because he's in the same sort of boat.

0:35:140:35:18

At the halfway point, it's neck and neck.

0:35:230:35:26

Caught a bit of ground again, and we're catching John again.

0:35:270:35:31

Is he catching us up, then?

0:35:310:35:33

We like to say, we're a boat length away.

0:35:330:35:35

Depends how big your boat is.

0:35:350:35:37

Queen Mary!

0:35:370:35:38

In one race we actually beat him.

0:35:450:35:47

Bit of ease, now, lads. Bit of ease.

0:35:520:35:54

John is going to get there before us.

0:35:540:35:56

Yay! Nice one, lads.

0:35:570:36:01

-Well done, John.

-Team.

0:36:010:36:02

John's reputation survives.

0:36:030:36:06

On the river, Ryan's view is changing day by day.

0:36:180:36:22

Today we're installing one of the last cable sleeves.

0:36:250:36:30

They basically protect the housing for the main cable strands

0:36:300:36:33

to support the bridge.

0:36:330:36:35

In the past couple of weeks, the whole appearance of the site

0:36:350:36:39

has changed.

0:36:390:36:40

It's got a lot of attention locally because it's so visual and so quick.

0:36:400:36:43

In total, I think there's 120 miles of cable going in,

0:36:450:36:48

which would take you from here to Liverpool.

0:36:480:36:50

OK.

0:36:540:36:55

And in charge of putting in all the cable which will support the bridge

0:36:550:37:00

is 27-year-old Frenchman Julien Eckendorfer.

0:37:000:37:03

HE GIVES AN INSTRUCTION IN SPANISH

0:37:050:37:07

Despite what you are seeing, the bottom part of this pipe is

0:37:110:37:16

going to go over there, over the edge of the bridge.

0:37:160:37:19

Keep going up slowly.

0:37:210:37:22

Keep going back slowly, keep going back slowly.

0:37:220:37:25

Julien's team are specialists who have been brought in from

0:37:260:37:30

all over Europe to stress the cables.

0:37:300:37:32

Almost there.

0:37:330:37:34

Five minutes more and it's in position.

0:37:350:37:37

I think all of our activities, the whole process,

0:37:450:37:48

is...can be a little bit dangerous.

0:37:480:37:52

Push! Push!

0:37:530:37:54

Nothing should happen, nothing wrong should happen.

0:37:580:38:00

-Fingers crossed.

-No, no, no figures crossed.

0:38:020:38:04

Touch the wood. In France, you touch wood.

0:38:040:38:06

Fingers crossed is actually bad luck in France.

0:38:100:38:12

It means I'm lying.

0:38:140:38:15

And I am not.

0:38:160:38:17

Push!

0:38:210:38:23

Every day, every minute,

0:38:350:38:38

we are drawing more closer to the target.

0:38:380:38:41

Come to work for VSL, the best gym in the UK.

0:38:500:38:53

I tried to pick up some girls with stay cable technology

0:38:550:38:59

but apart if she is not civil engineer

0:38:590:39:01

it's not working so well for me!

0:39:010:39:03

When you go around in Sunderland and people are asking you,

0:39:090:39:12

"What are you doing, you are a foreigner but what are you doing here?"

0:39:120:39:15

"Oh, I'm building the bridge.

0:39:150:39:17

"I'm doing the stay cables,"

0:39:170:39:19

it's very visual for the people and it's also impressive.

0:39:190:39:23

From its journey across the North Sea to the hundreds of people who've

0:39:280:39:32

worked in the bridge, the Northern Spire now stands proud.

0:39:320:39:37

I started in here, in 1974.

0:39:570:39:59

Well, you'll be finished soon, won't you?

0:39:590:40:03

It's about time that you actually got a job done.

0:40:030:40:05

At Liebherr Cranes, Malcolm is in the cathedral.

0:40:050:40:09

Once, this huge shed housed ship building on a grand scale.

0:40:090:40:13

Malcolm is reliving old times with his friend Mark Nicholls,

0:40:130:40:17

who worked at a rival yard on Tyneside.

0:40:170:40:20

The biggest shipbuilding town in the world was Sunderland.

0:40:220:40:25

-Right?

-Yes, but you didn't build them correctly!

0:40:250:40:28

Perfect.

0:40:280:40:29

The ships may have disappeared but the banter lives on,

0:40:360:40:40

and Mark has an ace up his sleeve.

0:40:400:40:42

Malcolm has a habit of getting his words back to front or his sentences

0:40:440:40:49

upside down, and we actually came up with the book of Malcolmisms,

0:40:490:40:53

because there was a person called Mrs Malaprop

0:40:530:40:56

who used to do the same.

0:40:560:40:58

And Malcolm says to us one day, he says, "Mark,

0:40:580:41:00

"what you call them people that read your mind?"

0:41:000:41:02

He says, "You know, away man, ventriloquists, that's them."

0:41:020:41:06

Your job was hard. It was a long day.

0:41:090:41:11

The pay wasn't brilliant.

0:41:110:41:13

-No.

-But it was the craic with your mates,

0:41:130:41:16

and it was the craic with your mates and you made lifelong mates,

0:41:160:41:19

that's the thing.

0:41:190:41:20

I says, "Malcolm, there's a mass meeting on.

0:41:230:41:25

So Malcolm says, "Well, it's not for everybody."

0:41:250:41:28

One of the other ones was, "There's no way you're as thick as me."

0:41:300:41:34

Which I did say, "I hopefully am not."

0:41:370:41:39

No, I don't miss the shipyards but I miss the people.

0:41:440:41:47

What I do miss is the ships.

0:41:480:41:50

I love the ships.

0:41:500:41:52

I like the stuff we're building now but when we used to see a ship on a

0:41:520:41:56

-ship launch.

-It's like anything else, you have to adapt.

0:41:560:42:00

They closed all the shipyards, they closed all the pits.

0:42:000:42:04

So it was up to the men to adapt.

0:42:040:42:06

And they did, in all fairness, full credit to them.

0:42:060:42:10

I don't want to give too many of these away but my book is actually

0:42:130:42:16

quite full of them. There's another one.

0:42:160:42:18

"I want a minimum of one."

0:42:180:42:19

It sometimes breaks a bad day when you have something like this.

0:42:250:42:30

It's a lovely day along here.

0:42:370:42:39

Matt Storey and Phil Tweddell are back at the lighthouse.

0:42:390:42:42

They're showing round friends who will be conducting tours of

0:42:480:42:51

the building.

0:42:510:42:53

99% finished, we've just got a few things to do.

0:42:530:42:56

This will be where we talk about

0:42:570:43:00

the operation of the lighthouse, the history of the building.

0:43:000:43:05

Damage to the pier has delayed the opening but the restoration of the

0:43:050:43:09

lighthouse where Phil's grandfather worked is complete.

0:43:090:43:13

Are you pleased with the way the restoration has gone?

0:43:150:43:17

The restoration work is absolutely fantastic.

0:43:170:43:20

I think my grandfather would be really pleased.

0:43:200:43:23

It's brought it back to the way it used to look.

0:43:230:43:26

He'd be over the moon.

0:43:270:43:28

I mean, I give the workmen their due.

0:43:280:43:31

They've done a really wonderful job in restoring the lighthouse.

0:43:310:43:35

Certainly this room, it's absolutely brilliant.

0:43:350:43:39

And here you are all these years later.

0:43:390:43:42

-Cleaning the handrail, cleaning the windows.

-Cleaning the handrails!

0:43:420:43:45

Back to childhood.

0:43:470:43:48

Yes.

0:43:490:43:50

The group will start their tours of the lighthouse in the spring.

0:43:500:43:54

I've always wanted to get in the tunnel and pier,

0:43:560:43:58

so what better way of doing it than to be a tour guide?

0:43:580:44:00

Opening this lovely lighthouse, is quite exciting, really.

0:44:020:44:05

Once we get going,

0:44:050:44:06

getting people to the tunnels and up into the lighthouse, it'll be great.

0:44:060:44:09

What we're hopefully going to provide us a bit of excitement,

0:44:120:44:16

a bit of dark and water as you get under the pier

0:44:160:44:19

and obviously a fantastic view.

0:44:190:44:21

There is only one place to see the view and that's from the top

0:44:210:44:24

of the lighthouse.

0:44:240:44:27

In just a few hours, Sunderland Airshow,

0:44:420:44:45

the biggest event of the year, will get under way.

0:44:450:44:48

Half a million visitors are heading into the city.

0:44:510:44:54

Guns! See you later.

0:44:570:44:59

On the ground, Laura Young from Sunderland City Council

0:44:590:45:03

is coordinating live music acts and visitor attractions.

0:45:030:45:06

You all right?

0:45:060:45:08

Any chance you could string it out for eight minutes more?

0:45:080:45:10

So if you could take that to 20, 25, that would be absolutely brilliant.

0:45:100:45:14

Because we can tell the camera to keep on getting shots of it to go on

0:45:170:45:19

-the big screen.

-These bins...

-Brilliant, thanks, guys.

0:45:190:45:22

..into that corner, please.

0:45:220:45:23

45 grand a year, I'll move bins!

0:45:230:45:26

-Yeah?

-Yeah.

-Brilliant, right, that's time to go now.

0:45:290:45:32

See? I love it when a plan comes together.

0:45:320:45:34

All good. All happy faces still.

0:45:340:45:36

You're looking forward to the end of the airshow,

0:45:460:45:49

cos it's quite a busy time.

0:45:490:45:50

A lot of stress and a lot of aggravation

0:45:500:45:54

but we take lots of money.

0:45:540:45:55

I've never actually

0:45:570:45:59

watched it in all these years.

0:45:590:46:01

If I could get a year off, that would be great.

0:46:010:46:03

On the seafront,

0:46:050:46:06

Lindsay and Grant at the arcade are hoping to cash in on

0:46:060:46:09

the airshow crowds by bringing in new attractions.

0:46:090:46:13

This is the earliest we could get this.

0:46:150:46:17

Which is an old game but old is new.

0:46:220:46:27

The old is new again.

0:46:270:46:28

So it's lovely. It is lovely, isn't it?

0:46:310:46:33

-Lovely.

-Is it going to be a money-spinner?

0:46:330:46:36

Well, if it's not, it'll be going back.

0:46:360:46:38

This is one we've had this season, and this is The Walking Dead.

0:46:440:46:48

Which is awful, but they like that.

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It could be the most profitable weekend of the year

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for Lindsay and Grant

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but how much money they take is dictated by one thing.

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If it rains on a bank holiday, then you're grumpy,

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which you don't want it to be. And it often does.

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The rain means the flying display could be postponed

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or even cancelled.

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A tough call for flight director Ian Sheeley.

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The challenge today is the weather.

0:47:350:47:36

We can't actually get aircraft to the display site

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or safely back to land

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at the moment, but they'll be there under their umbrellas just hoping to

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see something fly and if there is an opportunity, we will certainly get

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something in the sky.

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Considering we all come from the south,

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predominantly from the south-east,

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we love coming up to Sunderland.

0:48:130:48:15

We get very well looked after whilst we're up here.

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It's one of our favourite shows of the year, to be fairly honest.

0:48:190:48:22

We all look forward to it.

0:48:220:48:23

With the cloud level still low,

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Frank Millerick and the Tigers Parachute Display Team

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have had to sit it out.

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What we're doing right now is prepping the smoke.

0:48:340:48:37

We are hopefully going to get a high jump today so we are planning on

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doing a diamond formation which is four canopies in a diamond shape,

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one at the top, one at the bottom, two in the middle

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with a flag and blue smoke.

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On the seafront, Laura is feeling more hopeful.

0:48:520:48:55

We are just waiting to find out if they've got enough base, the base cloud's all right for

0:48:570:49:01

them to drop. So what we've had to do, because the tide's coming in,

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we've had to extend the drop zone.

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So I'm just checking our stewards and our site crew have managed

0:49:050:49:08

to get the crowd off the beach and put it in place.

0:49:080:49:11

It looks as though they have, though, so, positive.

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Makes you look fat.

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He's been on the team for 25 years.

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I think it's his last year this year.

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He's going to get retired.

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Considering the amount of jumps he's got, he's not very good at it

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because he just flies around kicking you in the face and stuff.

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After a long wait,

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the Tigers are ready and broadcasting live on social media.

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Going live, guys.

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Now walking to the aircraft, so keep in touch.

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Any questions, feel free to ask.

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At Newcastle Airport, the VIP guests have arrived.

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And for Red Arrows engineer Mike Fleming,

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this event is close to home.

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The Sunderland Airshow is only about five miles from where I live

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so ever since I was younger I have always travelled up to the Airshow

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on my bike or walked up. Just to watch it.

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Weather here, it's now 350, it's a northerly, scattered at 16.

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There's no view at the moment.

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David Montenegro, Red One, the leader, briefs the team.

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And even the Red Arrows can't plan the weather.

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We can do three types of show depending on the weather and right

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now I've no idea which show we're going to do.

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It could be a beautiful blue sky, or it could be low-level cloud

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so we're going to prepare for all three and

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then we'll go and deliver it in the airshow.

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Check in 05.

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BRASS BAND PLAYS

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Back in Sunderland, prayers have been answered.

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The umbrellas are down and the skies have cleared.

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And is the change in the weather a big win at the arcade?

0:51:410:51:44

Yes, it's been OK. It's been not too bad.

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Space Invaders has been really good for us since it's come in,

0:51:480:51:52

and hopefully it will continue.

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I mean, the weather hasn't been great this year.

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You know, the figures are down slightly, quite a bit.

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But overall, it's been quite good, still.

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We've had quite good crowds in.

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I don't whether they're coming for cover or spending money,

0:52:040:52:07

a bit of both, I think.

0:52:070:52:08

-Hi, guys. How you doing? Are you all right?

-Yes, yourself?

0:52:140:52:17

Yeah, good, thank you. Have you got yourself tickets?

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You can win the car.

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-There's a raffle.

-I couldn't get in it!

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Kirsty is an ex-Red Arrows pilot.

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Today, she's flying with the Blades,

0:52:300:52:32

a display that needs a strong stomach

0:52:320:52:34

and isn't for the faint-hearted.

0:52:340:52:36

From a pilot's point of view, flying our airshow is pretty exhilarating.

0:52:390:52:42

We do 32 manoeuvres in 15 minutes, so it's pretty nonstop.

0:52:440:52:48

Then we split up and then do all the aerodynamic manoeuvres like

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the spins and snaps and things.

0:52:590:53:01

You can't do that in a jet aircraft because of the way the

0:53:070:53:09

engine is built. We've got a propeller on the front and we're

0:53:090:53:12

very light, very manoeuvrable, so we can do

0:53:120:53:14

all the really exciting manoeuvres.

0:53:140:53:16

And at the end of it you think, "Oh, my God, what just happened?"

0:53:300:53:33

But I love it.

0:53:330:53:34

Mike Ling, the Red Arrows' man on the ground,

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is ready to guide the boys in.

0:53:460:53:49

Ian here will give the green light to display once he is content that

0:53:510:53:55

everything is safe and sound to go.

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-TANNOY:

-Mike will be having a new Red 10 at the end of the season.

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This is my last Sunderland Airshow.

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I've been coming here for many, many years now.

0:54:030:54:06

I've displayed here as one of the Red Arrows pilots and I've been here

0:54:060:54:09

every year as Red 10 in my tenure for the last six years.

0:54:090:54:13

It's very sad to be hanging up the red suit at the end of the season,

0:54:130:54:17

and very sad to be leaving this part of the North East,

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having been here so many times.

0:54:200:54:22

And the Tigers have also been given the green light.

0:54:290:54:33

The view's fantastic. It might be a little bit overcast but, you know,

0:54:530:54:57

it's a seaside jump and they're always special.

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About 1,000 feet down, you start to hear people as well.

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People cheering, and that's really cool.

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APPLAUSE

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Sunderland, please put your hands together for the Royal Air Force

0:55:370:55:41

aerobatic team, the Red Arrows!

0:55:410:55:43

Cruising at 800mph, the pilots are working hard,

0:57:140:57:17

everything in their bodies is six times heavier.

0:57:170:57:20

Their blood wants to go from the brains and vital organs

0:57:200:57:22

to their feet.

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I think it's fabulous for the North East.

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Fabulous for Sunderland city.

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I think it's something that they should be proud of.

0:58:030:58:06

When they're coming in here like this now,

0:58:060:58:09

you just, it's awe-inspiring.

0:58:090:58:12

I reckon I could do it, though!

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This one is for you.

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For the people of the North East.

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The city of Sunderland is changing. Shipbuilding and coal exports which brought its original wealth have disappeared - and now the city is looking to a new future. This programme meets some of the people helping to bring about change and others working to keep traditions alive.


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