Hundreds of people braved the damp conditions to see the opening of a new £1.2m plaza in Whitley Bay.
The new plaza and events outside the Spanish City Dome is part of North Tyneside Council’s work to regenerate the Grade-II listed building and the borough’s seafront.
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell was on hand to officially open the area on Monday with its pedestrian walkway and amphitheatre complete with black granite seating, wooden benches and integral lighting systems.
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I’m delighted that this beautiful Plaza will be open in time for the Easter holidays when the area will be busy with people enjoying our lovely seafront and all the great things it has to offer.”
The new Amphitheatre will be used as a performance space and visitors can sit on large terraced steps made from solid Crystal Black granite.
The circular floor is spot lit and etched with lyrics from ‘Tunnel of Love’ – the 1981 Dire Straits hit which immortalised the Spanish City.
Six benches are situated along the plaza, each consisting of Opepe waved hardwood seating and a spot lit base that names two past rides on each seat from the fairground – Figure 8 and Mystic Maze; The Social Whirl and Pleasure Wheel; Water Chute and The Bumping Bumps; River Caves and Hall of Mirth; Rainbow Pleasure Wheel and Ye Olde Mill; Frolic and Virginia Reel.