Tour of Sunderland and Seaham’s World War seafront defences

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WALKS will reveal the countryside relics left behind after the Second World War.

The guided tours in Seaham, Whitburn and Sunderland will explore the history of the anti-invasion defences along the region’s coastline as part of the Limestone Festival, a series of events organised by the Limestone Landscapes Partnership.

The sessions, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), are being held to celebrate the features of the unique Magnesian Limestone area which stretches from the Tyne to the Tees and from the coast to central Durham.

During the war, the coast was a target for bombing due to its importance as a coalmining area and for shipbuilding.

As a result, an elaborate series of defences and diversions were constructed along the coastal plain, including pillboxes, tank traps and gun batteries.

The first walk leaves the war memorial off North Terrace in Seaham, tomorrow at 10am.

On Friday, a walk will begin at Souter Lighthouse in Whitburn, from 1pm until 3pm.

Sunderland’s walk will be on Saturday from 10am at Roker clifftop, next to Roker Park.