A beach hut set up to celebrate the coast was attacked by vandals who held a rave at a popular cliff top spot.
The bright blue shed was placed at Nose’s Point in Dawdon as part of the National Trust’s One and All project, with the visit to East Durham one of three across the country as memories are captured.
Recording equipment was set up inside during its six-day stay in the region, giving visitors the chance to record their thoughts about what the coast means to them.
But in the early hours of Sunday, vandals who are thought to have held a party on the beach pushed it over, sparking outrage from residents.
Des Consitt, who helps head up the Seaham Have Your Say group, was acting as the caretaker of the hut.
A windscreen of a car at the site was also smashed during the evening, with the police made aware of the disorder.
There was a big outcry from the community, which was good to see, they thought it was dreadful.Des Consitt
He said: “Somebody organised some sort of rave or party on the beach and I think this was their parting shot when some numpties went passed.
“I got their at about 6.45am and the police were there.
“All the electrical equipment was still there.
“There was a big outcry from the community, which was good to see, they thought it was dreadful.”
The soundtrack inside the hut was created by leading sound artist Martyn Ware, who found fame in Heaven17 and Human League, from recordings held by the British Library.
The recordings that people have made inside it will also be used by Martyn as contributions towards One and All – a digital voyage through sight, sound and sea.
One and All has been a co-commission by Trust New Art, the National Trust’ contemporary arts programme, and sounduk.
Three leading artists working across sound, poetry and art will celebrate the powerful emotional and personal links that we all have to our coastal landscapes.
A spokeswoman for the project said the shed was not damaged and has now been moved to Orford Ness in Suffolk and will then go to Porthgain in Pembrokeshire.
More details can be found at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/oneandall.