Work is set to begin to repair Roker pier and lighthouse after it was damaged by severe weather conditions last November.
Sunderland City Council closed the pier after gale force winds and waves that were as high as the lighthouse itself.
More than 100 metres of railings and the cemented stones that surround the pier were washed away during the storms.
Les Clark, the council’s chief operating officer, said: “November’s storm damage was a real setback to our plans for opening the pier for tours. We were due to launch the first tour of the lighthouse the very day we discovered the railings had been washed into the sea.”
In late 2016, divers managed to recover more than 35 of the granite coping stones from the sea around the pier. Many of these will be used in the work to repair the pier and the reinstate the railings.