Tyne & Wear

Sunderland's Roker Pier reopens after repairs

Roker Pier Image copyright Sunderland Council
Image caption Large sections of the bridge were recovered from the sea by divers with heavy lifting gear

A Grade II-listed pier has reopened after major repairs for storm damage.

Roker Pier in Sunderland has been closed since gale-force winds and waves washed away 100m of railings and stone on 6 November 2016.

Work on the entrance to the pier tunnel is also almost completed and public tours of the tunnel and lighthouse will begin in 2018, Sunderland Council said.

The 1,998ft (609m) long structure was described as a triumph of engineering when it opened in 1903.

Image copyright Sunderland Council
Image caption Salvaged stone was put back in place

Sunderland Council cabinet secretary Mel Speding, said: "It's fantastic to see the pier reopening to the public.

"It's always been one of Sunderland's best-loved landmarks and I know people have been looking forward to its reopening."

Image copyright Will Walker / NNP
Image caption Roker Pier was built between 1885 and 1903

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