A major visitor attraction has been forced to close after two of its windows were broken over the weekend.
Sunderland Winter Gardens remains closed to visitors as Sunderland City Council awaits specialist equipment to remove the damaged glass from the top of the structure.
We are doing everything we can to ensure that the closure period is kept to a minimum and hope to be able to reopen the Winter Gardens next weekendCoun John Kelly
The adjacent museum, which houses the books and other collections from Sunderland Central Library, remains open, and scheduled activities there are going ahead as planned.
It is hoped that repairs will be completed as soon as possible, with the Winter Gardens fully reopened by next weekend.
Sunderland Museum’s twitter account, @SundMuseum, tweeted: “The Winter Gardens remain closed due to a health and safety issue, we will update as soon as that changes... but there is still lots going on at the Museum this week, plenty of half-term fun to keep the young ones busy!”
Coun John Kelly, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture at Sunderland City Council, said: “The Winter Gardens have been temporarily closed after two windows were broken over the weekend.
“Because of their location high up in the building, it has been necessary to close the Winter Gardens temporarily until specialist equipment can be brought it to remove the damaged panes of glass.
“We are doing everything we can to ensure that the closure period is kept to a minimum and hope to be able to reopen the Winter Gardens next weekend.
“Sunderland Museum and the City Library are open as usual with a wide range of activities on offer during the half term holidays.”