SISTERS Brooke and Layla Simmonds were among the first in the city to see the new ‘pods’ installed at Roker’s seafront.
Brooke, eight, and four-year-old Layla took part in a family fun day at the weekend to celebrate the new attractions organised by Environmental charity CEED, which is taking on two of the pods as a base for community activities. The pods arrived in Holey Rock Corner last week and have attracted both brickbats and bouquets.
The idea of the pods came out of the consultation on the regeneration of the seafront which recognised the need for outdoor educational space, more cafes and facilities for activities, entertainment and events.
They played a major role in helping Sunderland win £1million to invest in seafront regeneration.
Councillor Mel Speding said: “It’s fantastic to see the pods in place. We know that some people will love them and others won’t, but the fact is that they’re a great resource for the community.”
The third pod is being leased as a coffee/tea kiosk.