Seaburn’s Tram Shelter toilets have reopened to the public after after being restored to their former glory.

The Victorian toilets which first opened in 1901 had fallen into a state of disrepair after being closed for a number of years.

Their restoration has seen many of their original features retained and restored, including the original sanitary ware and terrazzo flooring.

Now Sunderland City Council is hoping local people can help them piece together the history of the building which incorporates the toilets below ground level and the Tram Shelter above.

Councillor Stuart Porthouse, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Regeneration, said: “We believe the Tram Shelter with its toilets was the terminus of the tram network in Sunderland.

“But we’d be very interested to know more about their history so if anyone knows more about them or has any old photos of the building we’d love to hear from them.

“The reopening of the Tram Shelter toilets is part of the our ongoing regeneration of the seafront which has seen £10m invested in improvements since 2010. The toilets will complement the existing facilities at the seafront which include, fully accessible Changing Place toilets at Roker and Seaburn.”

As well as completing the restoration of the toilet block, the Council is also looking at opportunities to sensitively convert the Tram Shelter itself into a cafe/restaurant.

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