Sunderland’s Roker Pier lighthouse to shine again after 40 years in the dark

The Grade II-listed Roker Lighthouse

The Grade II-listed Roker Lighthouse

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ROKER Pier lighthouse will dazzle once again by the end of the week.

A new LED lantern will see the landmark shine for the first time in 40 years, signalling an era of change for the historic building.

The completion of the first stage of work to the Grade II-listed granite and steel structure comes following months of loving restoration work after it began to crumble into the sea.

The rooms inside were in a state of disrepair, the light needed to be replaced, and the paint on the exterior was peeling.

Sunderland City Council cabinet secretary Mel Speding hailed the completed revamp a success.

Councillor Speding said: “The top of the lighthouse has been shrink-wrapped in heavy duty plastic since July to allow work to go ahead protected from the elements.

“This has seen the re-gilding of the 1.6 metre weather vane that sits at the top of the lighthouse, and the re-casting of some of the intricate iron brackets supporting the platform around the top of the lighthouse.

“We have also upgraded the navigation beacon and the fog warning signal.”

An investment of £301,000 has been made to give the 25ft-high Victorian building its facelift. It is part of £1.35million plans for the restoration of the pier, which also includes surfacing the deck and reopening its tunnel, should an extra £500,000 be secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund.