Sunderland’s beaches are getting fit for the summer.
Heavy lifting equipment has been hard at work on Roker beach, picking up rocks and debris washed up onto the sand over the winter. This will allow the tractor-drawn surf rake - which was bought two years ago to keep the beaches in tip top condition - to get to work keeping the sand clear of litter and debris over the summer.
Last year’s pre-season clean up resulted in almost 100 tonnes of rock being collected, all of which was put to good use in landscaping projects around the city.
Some of it was even used in retaining walls at the new Sunderland College city centre campus building.
Mark Speed, the council’s Head of Place Management, said: “Hundreds of thousands of people visit Sunderland’s seafront every summer and we want to make sure that our beaches are looking their very best.”