Roker Pier tours prove so popular that booking website can't cope

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New tours of Roker Pier and Lighthouse in Sunderland have proved so popular that its booking system can't cope.

The tours - the first time in the landmark's 115-year history that visitors can take a close look at the Grade II-listed structure - were only launched yesterday.

And by last night the attraction's website had received so much interest that it had to suspend online bookings.

Bookings are only being taken by email for the time being while bosses sort out what they describe as "a few teething problems".

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The new Roker Pier and Lighthouse tours have proved so popular that the online booking system could not cope.

The new Roker Pier and Lighthouse tours have proved so popular that the online booking system could not cope.