Plans to restore the historic Roker Lighthouse and tunnel under the Pier, are getting the go ahead after Sunderland Council won a bid for half a million pounds.
The money from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable the lighthouse and tunnel to be opened to the public. The surface of the pier and lantern house have already undergone restoration.
Roker Pier closes on June 22 for the first time in its 111 year history. Restoration work will be carried out as part of plans to restore the landmark.
The work is part of a £1.35m project for the Grade II listed pier announced by Sunderland City Council last February.
For 110 years the Roker Lighthouse in Sunderland has stood as a vital warning beacon for ships.
Recently it's been hidden behind a shroud of scaffolding, under repair.
Julia Barthram has been finding out what's being done.
Work to restore the 110-year-old Roker Lighthouse is nearly complete.
The lantern house at the top of the Lighthouse in Sunderland has been shrouded in scaffolding while work was carried out.
The lantern house had become so damaged by the pounding winds and waves that the glass around the lantern was cracked and the iron and steel so rusted holes could be pushed through it.
The scaffolding is due to be removed this week, revealing the new red and white paint work.
A tunnel underneath one of our region's seaside resorts could be opened up if lottery funding is successful.
Roker Pier in Sunderland is famous for its annual airshow and at ground level, for its beach, but this time, it's what's underground that could attract visitors. Watch Lucy Taylor's report:
A tunnel underneath Roker Pier could soon be open to the public, if a bid for funding is successful. The space underneath the pier is three quarters of a mile long and originally housed the gas pipes powering the lighthouse.
Sunderland City Council has submitted a new application for extra money from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out the work.