Roker Pier has been named one of the world's 10 best piers by Guardian readers.
Guardian readers put the Grade II listed pier up alongside piers in California, Western Australia, Thailand, Cuba, South Africa, Holland, two piers in Poland and closer to home, Clevedon in Somerset as their favourites.
You can see the top 10 piers at the Guardian website here > https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/aug/23/10-best-piers-readers-tra...
Council Leader, Councillor Graeme Miller, said: "It's fantastic to see Roker Pier being named one of the world's best piers, especially in the week after it opened to tours for the first time in its history.
"We always knew it was one of the best but it's brilliant to see it right up there with some of the most beautiful piers in the world."
The Grade II Listed pier tunnel and lighthouse opened to public tours last week following a £2.5m restoration by Sunderland City Council, funded with the help of the National Lottery.
The pier tunnel, which once provided the only means for the lighthouse keepers of old to reach the lighthouse in stormy weather, has also been restored with a new entrance structure which allows members of the public to access it via a staircase.