Ambitious Harbour Village development set for launch

Development of the harbour area in Amble is progressing well with the pods seen here.
Development of the harbour area in Amble is progressing well with the pods seen here.

A major £2.5million development in Amble, which aims to boost tourism and build on the town’s fishing heritage, is set to be fully launched at the end of the month

Amble’s ambitious Harbour Village, which includes the construction of retail pods and a seafood centre, will be officially unveiled on Saturday, March 28.

The event will run from 10am to 4pm and Harbour Village coordinator Sarah Dunne believes it will be a memorable occasion.

She said: “This really is an exciting new development and it in a fantastic location right on the harbour front.

“We are still aiming for our full launch on March 28 and it should be a great day.”

Some of the retail pods are already open and fully trading.

These include Blue (nautical gifts, cards and accessories), The P Pod (art, bags, scarfs, jewellery), Lady Milly (jewellery, scarfs, bags, accessories), and the Harbourside Studio, which is home to artist Libby Watkins, who works and sells from the new base.

On top of this, 7, which is an old-style sweet shop, and The Boat Shed Gallery (art and gifts) are hoping to be ready for this weekend, while A Touch of Love (handmade and personalised gifts), and The Amble Butcher are aiming to be in by launch day.

Three other pods, which will sell coffee, cupcakes and crêpe/waffles, are reserved, but will not be set up in time for March 28.

Meanwhile, the seafood centre and seafood brokers will be working to support the local fishing trade and supplying new local markets.

As well as the chance to see the pods and seafood centre on the launch day, there will be various activities and displays, including a visit from Newcastle University’s research boat – The Princess Royal, Amble’s inshore lifeboat and the locally-built skiff.

There will be seafood cooking displays and fun for the family with treasure trails, face-painting and pottery painting, while a Viking camp will be in the Town Square.

There will also be some Amble Heritage information on display.

Looking at the year ahead, Sarah added: “There will be various activities/events throughout 2015 and the Harbour Village will host various activities, such as seafood preparation and cooking demonstrations”