Vik­ing Long­boat was six months in mak­ing

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A 15ft Vik­ing long­boat was ‘launched’ as part of Tall Ships Sun­der­land.

It has been built at St Mark’s Church, Mill­field, as part of the Cul­tural Spring’s Set the Sails project.

Seven com­mu­nity groups, in­clud­ing one school, across the city cre­ated model ships or made mar­itime-themed art to wel­come the Tall Ships.

The groups are Box Youth Project; Fence­houses YMCA Learn­ing Dif­fi­cul­ties and Dis­abil­ity (LDD) Group; Ful­well Junior School; Hope­wood Park; Sangini Art Group at CHANCE; St Mark’s Church, Mill­field; and Thorn­hill Academy and Young Asian Voices.

The Vik­ing long­boat project at St Mark’s was led by artist Chris Fol­well. It formed part of the Tall Ships Wel­come Pa­rade on Wed­nes­day evening.

Sep­a­rate teams have made the ship’s colour­ful sail and the im­pres­sive lion mast­head, based on im­ages of the leg­endary lion of St Mark.

The group had been work­ing on the ship at weekly work­shops for more than six months.

Artist Chris Fol­well, back right, with the St Mark’s Set the Sails group.

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