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 fourth of our occasional series of volunteer profiles, we find out more about the members of our current volunteer team. Today, we say hello to David Nicholson.
Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Dave Nicholson, I was born and bred in Roker, I lived and worked down in the South of England for a number of years, retired in 2014 and moved back to Roker.
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?
We were sitting one Sunday evening watching Countryfile on TV and the article came on about Roker Pier & Lighthouse and all the renovation works that had been carried out. I thought it looked a brilliant project on my doorstep to get involved with. As usual, I did nothing about it, until we were down at Roker, later on in the year for a Marina Harbour Day. Roker Pier & Lighthouse had a stall there, I got talking to Phil Tweddell - and the rest is history!
What have you been doing so far?
I have been involved with general housekeeping, cleaning in the lighthouse and entrance. As a group we visited the Victoria Tunnel in Newcastle to get a feel of how they delivered their tours, I have undertaken a First Aid Training course and now we are doing plenty tour guide training.
What more are you looking forward to helping with?
I am looking forward to when we open the Pier & Lighthouse to the public, sharing this brilliant piece of local heritage and Victorian engineering with them. It is a marvellous structure which has stood out there for 115 years, I feel very proud and privileged to be involved with it.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to volunteer with us?
Come along and see what is going on. I thought that they were a smashing group of people and they made me feel very welcome. Volunteering has certainly given me a lot of satisfaction and pleasure.
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