Take home ‘charming’ reminder of Roker as new tile range introduced

The restoration of Roker Pier and Lighthouse is nearing completion.
The restoration of Roker Pier and Lighthouse is nearing completion.
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Homeowners are being given the chance to buy a permanent reminder of one of Sunderland’s most-loved landmarks after a new tile range was introduced.

During the restoration of Roker Pier and Lighthouse, work was needed to replace and repair the original Minton Hollis tiles, which line the walls inside the lighthouse.

This gives people a unique chance to bring these nostalgic moments to the forefront of their minds once more by having these charming reminders of Roker in any room in their homes

Matthew Storey

The team at Roker Pier have since been working alongside tile manufacturer Johnson Tiles – who held the original design and merged with Minton Hollis in 1968 – to complete the restoration, which is now nearing an end.

Now, as part of their Minton Hollins range, national tile specialist Topps Tiles have released the Roker tile, and it is available to buy for members of the public.

Matthew Storey, the Pier Project co-ordinator at Sunderland City Council, said: “It has been amazing to have been able use the original design to create the new tiles which are an accurate replica to those originally fitted inside the lighthouse. Now we can visualise and understand what the structure would have looked like over 100 years ago when it was first built, offering a really authentic visitor experience.

“Many people from the local area and beyond have fond memories of visiting the beach and the pier here at Roker, so this gives people a unique chance to bring these nostalgic moments to the forefront of their minds once more by having these charming reminders of Roker in any room in their homes.”

There are lots of sizes and tiles available in the range, which is available to buy in store and online from Topps Tiles, from £2.19 per tile.