Message of 'Hope' appears on seafront between Sunderland and South Tyneside

An inspirational message has appeared on the seafront between Sunderland and South Tyneside as the coronavirus lock-down continues.

With the country preparing to enter its third week of isolation, the word ‘Hope’ has been spelled out in dozens of stones.

Photographer Frank Reid captured these haunting images after the words appeared close to the beach beneath Souter Lighthouse, between Whitburn and Marsden.

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The word has appeared below Souter Lighthouse.

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