Roker Lighthouse To Shine Again After 40 Years
Firstly, at the end of Roker Pier stands one of Sunderland’s most iconic land marks – Roker Lighthouse. The Victorian structure is a half a mile out to sea and people love the walk along the pier to see it. Indeed, it stands proud on one of the massive breakwaters on the sea front. Obviously these piers are at the mouth of the River Wear protecting the harbour etc.
Parts of the Victorian lighthouse has been rotting away, especially the metal bits exposed to the salty sea air. However, after a £300,000 investment, the facelift is almost complete.
The 6 foot weather vane that sits on top of the structure in now re-guilded. Likewise, new metal mouldings for the top are on order. Indeed, the old lighthouse is now more brighter than ever. Moreover, it is in the colours as close as can be to red and white. Obviously, these colours compliment the city’s football team – Sunderland AFC!
On the whole, the most striking feature will be its new LED lantern. This will allow the Roker Lighthouse to shine once more after 40 years of darkness. This renovation goes hand in hand with the Roker Pier Tunnel restoration scheme.
Take A Stroll
For those visitors outside the north east of England, come and visit our wonderful twin resorts of Roker and Seaburn. There is a lot do do and see and we have some great beaches and parks here. Not only that but you can take a stroll along the Roker Pier and visit this grand lighthouse.
Wearsiders take the Victorian feature for granted as it is always there for us to take a stroll on. Of course, the news that it will shine once again is fantastic.
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We found a great video of drone footage of the Roker Pier and would like to share it with you. This video gives some amazing shots over this magnificent Victorian building after the renovations.