Ike visited Seaburn Beach with his good friend Sara. It’s a gently sloping sandy beach located around 1.5km north of Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.
Ike leant the flag meanings where, the black and white flag which shows where surfers, kayakers can enter the water and the red and yellow flag which shows where the lifeguards patrol and it’s safe to swim. Ike was very pleased to see that the beach had no restrictions on cats being on the beach.
Next, Ike visited Roker lighthouse and pier. This is listed as a Grade 2 building, the pier and lighthouse was starting to be built on 14th September 1885 and it was opened to the public on the 23rd September 1903. The pier reaches out into the North Sea 609 metres and the Sunderland Corporation Act of 1927 approved the building of the 1,000 foot long Corporation Quay which opened in 1934.
Ike wanted to learn more about water safety. He met some lovey lifeguards who let him sit on the jetski as he wasn’t allowed to have a go on them.
To finish Ike’s day he went to visit Sunderland Port, owned by the city council (2nd largest municipality-owned port in the UK). The port is heavily involved in supporting the offshore and renewable energy sector. In 2019 it handled 790,000 tonnes of cargo. As a green measure they’ve invested in revamping the old train line into the port. In June 2021 they ran the first train for 20 years, with 21 wagons carrying 1890 tonnes of steel. That train removed over 60 lorries from the road. And the council’s low carbon framework aspires to make Sunderland a carbon-neutral city by 2040. The port is a conventional cargo port that can handle and store any type of commodity. Deep water river berths and over 2KM of safe, in dock, quay frontage that can handle a range of commodities.