|Exterior of the lighthouse|
To get to the lighthouse at the end of the pier, visitors will be able to walk along the tunnel that runs underneath the pier. This rules me out as I have a fear of confined spaces. Fear is a word you may hear a lot in this blog post, so bear with.
The other way you can get to the lighthouse is by walking along the pier itself. This I can do, no fear. I cycle along its length regularly and recently spotted a seal swimming alongside the pier.
Inside the renovated lighthouse (as recently featured on BBC Countryfile) there is space for small groups of visitors, lead by a tour guide.
|Stairs from ground floor to first floor|
What I loved most about the visit was the enthusiasm for the project from Sunderland Council and from the group of volunteers who will be leading the tours. With my fear of small spaces, heights, tunnels, winding steps I fear (there's that word again) that I may not be much use a tour guide but I'll find my way into this volunteering opportunity as best as I can in some other way.
There's a lot of pictures from today's visit to the Lighthouse at my flickr account here.
If you'd like to be involved, there is a new website rokerpier.co.uk and they're on twitter @rokerpier
Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street - official ITV tribute to a soap icon. Available here.
I'm on twitter @flaming_nora