Rain early on failed to dampen spirits as Amble residents and visitors from further afield turned out for the launch of the Harbour Village today.
A range of people involved in the project, a major £2.5million development, which aims to boost tourism and build on the town’s fishing heritage, braved the weather to watch Cameron Scott, from Arch – The Northumberland Development Company, cut the ribbon.
He described the Harbour Village, which features retail pods and a seafood centre, as a ‘real project by the community, for the community’.
The retail pods open and trading include Blue (nautical gifts, cards and accessories), The P Pod (art, bags, scarfs, jewellery), Lady Milly (jewellery, scarfs, bags, accessories), the Harbourside Studio, which is home to artist Libby Watkins, 7, which is an old-style sweet shop, The Boat Shed Gallery (art and gifts), A Touch of Love (handmade and personalised gifts), and The Amble Butcher.
As well as the chance to see the pods and seafood centre at today’s event, which continues until 4pm, there are 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 are seafood cooking displays and fun for the family with treasure trails, face-painting and pottery painting, with a Viking camp in the Town Square.