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 sixth of our occasional series of volunteer profiles, we find out more about the members of our current volunteer team. Today, we say hello to Carol Connor.
Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Carol Connor, I was born in Sunderland, lived most of my life in Whitburn and moved to Roker about three years ago.
How long have you been volunteering with the Roker Heritage Group (RHG)?
I am quite new to the volunteering role, having only joined the group two months ago.
How did you find out about volunteering with RHG and what attracted you to the role?
My husband Peter has been volunteering with the group for a couple of years. I helped him with his research and the more I learned about the pier and lighthouse the more I wanted to know. I love local history and I am proud of my heritage. I had already met the group at a showing of the Sea Cities Sunderland, which featured the volunteers and lighthouse so I know they are a great bunch of people.
What have you been doing so far?
I have been reading up on the history of the tunnel and lighthouse and helping with practice tours with local school children and teachers. I have also helped out at the entrance structure talking to the public and handing out leaflets.
What more are you looking forward to helping with?
I am looking forward to sharing the history of this great local landmark with everyone.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to volunteer with us?
Come along try it. The group is so friendly and welcoming. You never fail to leave with a feeling of satisfaction and a smile on your face.
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