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Hundreds watch torpedo explosion at Roker Pier

Hundreds of people have watched a controlled explosion being carried out on a World War One torpedo in Sunderland.

The torpedo was found in a wreckage near to Roker Pier on June 29.

Spectators gathered at the pier to witness the Navy safety destroying the torpedo. However, the event was widely regarded as an anti-climax.


Unexploded World War One torpedo found in wreckage near to Roker Pier in Sunderland

An unexploded World War One torpedo has been found in wreckage near to Roker Pier in Sunderland.

It was found around 2:53pm in wreckage in the sea. Northumbria Police and the navy attended and identified the device.

They will carry out a controlled explosion of the torpedo tomorrow morning - Thursday, June 30 - around 9am.

Police are warning residents may hear the noise of the explosion when it is carried out, but other than the sound they do not anticipate any impact on the public.

Roker tunnel and lighthouse a step nearer to letting people in

The grant of £545,000 has been eagerly awaited to allow the complete renovation of the structure. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

The tunnel runs the full length of the pier to allow access to the Lighthouse in bad weather. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees


Roker Pier closes for first time in 111 years

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.

"Undoubtedly people who regularly use the pier will be disappointed about the disruption but hopefully carrying out the work now will mean there's less need to close it for temporary repairs in the future."

– Cabinet Secretary, Councillor Mel Speding
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