Iconic sculptures that have stood over Whitley Bay for generations have been temporarily removed.
As part of the regeneration of the Spanish City Dome in Whitley Bay, the Dancing Girls have been taken down.
The copper statues, which have graced the top of the Grade II listed building for over a century, were taken down temporarily as work on the £10million restoration project picks up pace.
The restoration comes after North Tyneside Council successfully bid for a £3.47million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund marking the culmination of years of hard work by the council, its partners and the community to secure its future.
Robertson North East – a construction arm of the £450million turnover company Robertson – carried out the removal as part of its work on the development.
Commenting on the progress of the build, Robertson project manager Andrew Coleman said: “The removal of the Dancing Girls is a clear sign that we are on track to complete the first phase of the regeneration work on time.
“These famous statues have looked over Whitley Bay for over a century and we have been extremely careful to not cause any damage when removing them.
“They will be back in their rightful place once construction work has been completed to form the new cupolas.”
Mayor Norma Redfearn was delighted with the work.
She said: “This is another step forward in the restoration of the Dome and I am delighted to see the work progressing.”
It is the latest phase of the ongoing work in the Dome, which has seen a new concrete floor laid on the ground floor inside.
The next part of the redevelopment project will see the new steel structure commence.
Robertson expects the first phase of work on the Spanish City Dome to be completed by spring 2018.
Work is also continuing on the seafront with improvements on part of the promenade from Watts Slope to the Rendezvous Cafe due to be completed by September.