Tyne & Wear

Exhibition marks Whitley Bay's Spanish City centenary

Close-up of one of the statues with the dome behind
Image caption The original statues on either side of the dome have also been repaired

A landmark building on North Tyneside is being opened to the public as part of its centenary celebrations.

Spanish City in Whitley Bay was once a popular tourist attraction but had fallen into disrepair.

The Grade II-listed building has been undergoing a major restoration project, with derelict properties surrounding it demolished and its facade repaired.

People can visit the interior of the famous dome, and view an exhibition charting the site's 100-year history.

The event, which runs until Sunday, is the first time in 10 years that the dome has been open to the public, and coincides with the National Heritage Open Days initiative.

It also follows completion of work by Kier North Tyneside to make it structurally sound, wind and watertight.

North Tyneside Council is in discussion with developers over the future of the site, which has been earmarked for a mix of uses including a hotel, leisure and entertainment activities and housing.

Elected mayor Linda Arkley said: "I'm delighted that the Dome is opening its doors to the public once again.

"Outside it is looking back to its best while its interior is now ready for future development.

"This event is a unique opportunity to take a look inside this famous building before the next phase of work starts, as well experience some special exhibitions."

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