Volunteering with the Roker Heritage Group is an invaluable way of engaging with local heritage, learning more about the history of Roker & Seaburn and preserving the legacy of Sunderland's rich maritime heritage. In the fifth of our occasional series of volunteer profiles, we find out more about the members of our current volunteer team. Today, we say hello to Barry Smith.
Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Barry Smith. I was born in York, lived in Middlesbrough, Harrogate and London and now live beside the sea in Sunderland. Since moving to live in Sunderland I've started a blog called Seaside Scenes where I regularly post pictures from Roker and Seaburn.
How long have you been volunteering with the Roker Heritage Group (RHG)?
I have been volunteering with the Roker Heritage Group for about 2 years.
How did you find out about volunteering with RHG and what attracted you to the role?
My wife Glenda started volunteering first and her enthusiasm for the group rubbed off on me and I was soon roped in to help out!
What have you been doing so far?
I’ve been cleaning the lighthouse, and am currently undergoing training to be a tour guide of the tunnel and lighthouse. I also attend the monthly meetings and have been on site visits to Killhope Lead Mining centre and Victoria Tunnel in Newcastle.
What more are you looking forward to helping with?
Leading tours of the groups along the tunnel and in the lighthouse and sharing the history and heritage of this amazing place.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to volunteer with us?
Come along, we’re a very friendly group.
If you’d like to find out more about volunteering with us, please visit our Volunteering web page
By Glenda Young
Volunteer, Roker Pier Heritage Group