Sunderland, your orbs need you – do your bit to brighten up Roker Pods

Tiny Tweeties hosting a music session at Roker Pods.
Tiny Tweeties hosting a music session at Roker Pods.
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FANCY doing your bit to brighten up the latest addition to Sunderland’s seafront?

Visitors to the Roker Pods are invited to take part in a chalking event to create a mini marine masterpiece.

Picture taken by Mark Dalton

Picture taken by Mark Dalton

The art sessions, which will be led by artist Ian Potts at Holey Rock Corner, form part of family fun days being held at the pods on Bank Holiday Monday and Tuesday.

Ian said: “I love the space at the seafront and the wonderful, odd-shaped pods add to the distinctive feel and environment. The artwork is going to be big and colourful and fun. I’m looking forward to working with people of all ages to produce something spectacular.”

Colourful chalk drawings will be drawn on the paved area around the Roker Pods on the lower prom throughout both days.

There’ll also be storytelling for the young with show times of 10am, 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm on Tuesday.

The pods, which have divided beach-goers’ opinions, arrived at Roker last month as part of a scheme supported by CABE Seachange Funding, a cash pot designed to support new innovate ways of improving and developing seafronts in the UK.

The trio, which includes a food and drink pod as well as two pods for hire and educational activities, are part of ongoing improvements along the seafront, which also includes new lighting, street furniture, paving and traffic calming. Their spherical shape are inspired by Cannonball Rocks, which are unusual rock formations found at Sunderland’s coast.

Susan Nolan, the project manager for Community Environmental Educational Developments, the charity which is managing the pods, said: “I’m delighted to have the Roker Pods, they’re visually stunning and provide a new space at the seafront. We’ve had activities throughout the summer which have included family arts and craft sessions as well as singing and storytelling. Children and grown-ups alike are fascinated by the pods, inquisitive folk stop to talk to us regularly wanting to know more, it’s great.”

Over the next few years, £5m of investment will be ploughed into the regeneration of the seafront.

This includes further promenade improvements at Marine Walk, a £1.35m rolling programme of restoration for Roker Pier and private sector investment in the seafront.