Crowds wait for tall ships to arrive

The centre of Hull was gridlocked last night as tens of thousands of sightseers made their way to the banks of the Humber for the arrival of the largest flotilla of tall ships on the river since the 1880s.

Sea Trek in 2001 got underway as six tall ships arrived in port to celebrate the role the city played more than a century ago in the migration of millions of people to the New World.

The three-masted barkentine Mary-Anne, from Kiel, in Germany, arrived first at Albert Dock.

The Mormon organisers of Sea Trek chose Hull and four other cities in the world to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the migration of the first European Mormons, converted by missionaries in the 1840s. More than two million people sailed into Hull on their way to new lives in America.

Visitors will be able to board five tall ships today at the Albert Dock from 10am to 4.30pm.

Guided walks will run during the day and there is a free exhibition at the Maritime Museum. Between 2pm and 5pm the Antiques Roadshow visits the Guildhall. At 8pm, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra performs at Hull City Hall and at 10pm Hull’s largest ever display of fireworks will be launched from Princes Quay Shopping Centre.