Tyne & Wear

Roker Pier to be restored to former glory

Roker Pier
Image caption Roker Pier was built between 1885 and 1903

Work has begun to restore a Victorian pier to its former glory.

The Grade II listed structure in Roker, at the entrance to Sunderland Harbour, was hailed as a triumph of engineering when it opened in 1903.

During the first stage of the £1.35m project, the lantern house on the top of the lighthouse will be refurbished.

The pier will then be resurfaced, and if the council's bid for Heritage Lottery Funding is successful, a tunnel underneath will be restored.

It is then hoped that the tunnel, which was used by the keeper to reach the lighthouse in bad weather, could be opened to the public.

Councillor Mel Speding, from Sunderland City Council, said: "The pier has protected the entrance to Sunderland harbour for over a hundred years.

"But it's taken a real pounding from the North Sea over that time and it's essential that we carry out this work now so it can be enjoyed by future generations."

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