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 third of our occasional series of volunteer profiles, we find out more about the members of our current volunteer team. Today, we say hello to Peter Connor.
Who are you and where are you from?
I am Peter Connor, I was born and lived in Whitburn until three years ago when I moved to Roker.
How long have you been volunteering with the Roker Heritage Group (RHG)?
I have been a volunteer with the RHG for nearly two years now.
How did you find out about volunteering with RHG and what attracted you to the role?
I took early retirement from work after 30 years at Nissan to concentrate on my voluntary role as a cricket umpire in the North East Premier League. As this is mainly weekends during the summer months I felt I that I could offer some of my spare time to another venture. While browsing the Roker Pier website for opening dates I noticed a call for volunteers. I had a meeting and the project was something that interested me as a I have a passion for history. I was invited to join the RHG and never looked back.
What have you been doing so far?
While the pier has been closed for repairs we have been practicing our delivery of the tours also some general housekeeping on the entrance structure and lighthouse to make sure we are ready for the opening tours.
What more are you looking to helping with?
Delivering informative and entertaining tours for our visitors and helping with the visual aids that we are working on for the enjoyment of the tour.
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to volunteer with us?
Give it a go it might be something that you really enjoy. Come down and have a chat with us at the entrance structure, we are a friendly group and see if it's something that interests you.
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