Boom, boom: First pictures of Cannonball Pods in Sunderland

The arrival of Sunderland City Council's new pods - inspired by the famous 'cannon ball rocks' found along the base of the cliffs at Roker beachfront
The arrival of Sunderland City Council's new pods - inspired by the famous 'cannon ball rocks' found along the base of the cliffs at Roker beachfront
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THREE pods, said to have kick-started regeneration of the Sunderland seafront, have arrived in Roker.

The multi-use steel and oak pods were inspired by the cannonball rocks found along the coast, and they helped the city council secure a £1million Sea Change grant.

Seaburn Marriott Hotel general manager Raoul Lemmerling said: “We have been greatly looking forward to the arrival of the pods, which are an excellent additional feature to the seafront.

“The ongoing redevelopment of the seafront is coming together, and we are looking forward to welcoming increased visitor numbers over the summer.”

Not everyone is happy about the arrival of the 3.5metre pods.

They have been criticised for being “daft”, “ugly” and “a stupid idea”.

Wearsiders will be able to view the pods during a family open day, held between 1pm and 4pm on Saturday, by environmental charity Ceed.

The charity is leasing two of the pods for its work with schools and community groups.

The third pod will be used as a hot drinks kiosk.