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Work to lighthouse begins

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.

Roker Pier restoration cash bid

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.


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