But the monument is no stranger to the headlines. What a great venue it has been for some of your favourite events over the years.
Were you there when pupil from Biddick School climbed up to it dressed as Father Christmas in 2012? How about when Bikefest came to Penhaw in 2014?
Or were you at Penshaw when people gathered to look at the eclipse in 2015?
We have all this and more in our latest retro spotlight.
5. Rolling back the years
The annual Easter egg roll brought out huge crowds in 2005. Can you spot someone you know?
6. All smiles in 1988
Easter fun at Penshaw Hill as these youngsters got ready to roll paste eggs. Pictured left to right are Karen Potter (10), Lisa Conn (10), Victoria Inch (9) and Kelly Brown 10).
Photo: Sunderland Echo
7. All the fun of the fair
Herrington Country Park became home to the region's biggest funfair in the shadow of Penshaw Monument in 2013.
Photo: Picture by David Allan
8. All for charity in 2006
Staff, parents and pupils from New Penshaw Primary School who walked or ran to the monument for Sport Relief 16 years ago. Did you take part?