One of the first series of events I have been involved with since I started my job with the National Trust have been the ‘Tours to the Top’ at Penshaw Monument, a local landmark situated between the districts of Washington and Houghton-le-Spring, within the City of Sunderland.
The iconic monument was closed in 1926 after a sixteen year old boy called Temperley Arthur Scott was killed when he fell from the very top – since then public access has been restricted.
After much consideration the National Trust decided to give people the chance to climb the monument again for the first time in 85 years on August 29th this year, and it turned out to be a VERY popular decision with thousands of people turning up on the day. More tours to the top were therefore organised due to the high demand and it is these that I have been helping out with recently.
The Trust plans to open the monument up more regularly in 2012, so if your interested and would like to reach the top, check out our Penshaw Monument facebook page HERE for further information and updates.