Chalk art challenge at Sunderland’s Roker Pods

Artist Ian Potts (yellow shirt) with some of those taking part in a 'Marine Mystety Masterpiece' with art and storytelling at the Roker Pods on Bank Holiday Monday.
Artist Ian Potts (yellow shirt) with some of those taking part in a 'Marine Mystety Masterpiece' with art and storytelling at the Roker Pods on Bank Holiday Monday.
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CHILDREN chalked up a day packed with activities as families flocked to the seaside.

Bank Holiday sunseekers headed for Holey Rock Corner, on Roker’s lower promenade, to take part in the first of two fun-filled days, held at the newly-installed RokerPods.

Helped by Sunderland artist Ian Potts, youngsters got their creative juices flowing to help decorate the paved area around the pods, using chalk.

Ian said: “I love the space at the seafront and the wonderful, odd-shaped pods add to the distinctive feel and environment.

“The artwork this time is big and colourful and fun.”

Today, families will be welcomed down on the beach again as they help to to solve a marine mystery puzzle by following the stars to see where the journey ends.

There will be storytelling sessions which will run at intervals, with the final tale to the told from 3pm – each lasting 45 minutes.

The pods, fashioned after the area’s cannonball rocks, arrived at Roker just over a month ago as part of a seafront improvement scheme.

The first pod houses the RokerPod Cafe, while the remaining two – the joined together RokerPods – are managed by environmental charity Community Environmental Educational Developments (CEED).

CEED project manager Susan Nolan said: “We’ve had activities throughout the summer which have included family arts and craft sessions as well as singing and storytelling. Children and grown-ups alike are fascinated by the pods, inquisitive folk stop to talk to us regularly wanting to know more, it’s great.”

The pods are available for educational groups as well as meetings and events.