Residents of the East Yorkshire coastal town of Withernsea are about to receive a new year present from Norway - 35,000 tonnes of rocks.
There has been a long campaign in Withernsea for better sea defences
Work started in November on a £3m scheme to protect 136 homes from attack by the sea.
A key part of the work involves building a rock structure to stop cliffs being washed away.
Boats carrying the rocks are due to start crossing the North Sea to Withernsea.
The work is being carried out following a number of consultation exercises with local residents and should also protect the town's sewage system from being engulfed by the sea.
Mike Ball, the engineer in charge of the project, said: "The first week in January should see the rock being delivered from Norway, which will offer tremendous relief to residents."