WEARSIDERS flocked to Penshaw Monument for a unique view of the region.
But many were left disappointed as organisers underestimated interest in yesterday’s event.
The National Trust officially opened the hidden staircase inside one of the monument’s columns for the first time since 1926, when a teenage boy fell to his death from the 66ft-high walkway.
However, only 75 tickets were made available, although room was made for another 15.
For those who did climb, it was an experience they will never forget.
John Moscrop, 47, who got to the site at 8.30am, said: “I knew it would be really busy.
“I was born and bred in Penshaw so this was something we had to do. It was absolutely amazing.”
Debbie Sains, also from Penshaw, said: “I am petrified of heights, but it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”