Dome is where the heart is as hundreds visit exhibition

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Hundreds of people looked around the Spanish City Dome this week as the campaign to secure the necessary funding for its regeneration stepped up a gear.

North Tyneside Council opened the doors to the Grade-II listed building on Tuesday to encourage public support as the authority looks to secure the funds to complete the regeneration work.

Public Exhibition at The Dome, Whitley Bay-visitors Dave Christie and Hilary Christie.'REF 2409139649

Public Exhibition at The Dome, Whitley Bay-visitors Dave Christie and Hilary Christie.'REF 2409139649

Visitors were able to look at an information display about the Dome’s history and current proposals to bring it back into use, as well as talk to council officers.

Mayor Norma Redfearn is encouraging people in North Tyneside to show their support for the project, which has stalled due to a lack of funding, by lobbying the Heritage Lottery Fund to approve the £3.5m grant that can help make it happen.

She said: “The response we’ve had has been fantastic.

“I’m delighted that so many people have turned up to show their support. It just goes to show how important the regeneration of the Dome is.”

Another open event will be held at the Dome on Tuesday, October 1, from 2pm to 6pm. Access will again be limited to the ground floor for health and safety reasons.

There are also displays in libraries and Customer First Centres across the borough. Residents can show their support for the bid to the HLF by filling our forms in the libraries, online or using special black and white postcards.