Windfall for iconic island

A second coastal community has also hit the jackpot in the Village SOS funding scheme.

Holy Island Community Development Trust will use its £42,000 grant to increase tourism, by making various improvements to the community-owned harbour, including installing new moorings, clearing debris and improving access.

The project will also create a tourism website, develop a marketing campaign alongside local businesses and promote the island’s harbour as a location for film and photography shoots.

The enterprise will generate an income through selling access to its moorings and concession stands and charging film crews for location shooting, as well as increasing tourism and boosting the local economy.

James Turner, Big Lottery Fund’s Head of the North East region, said: “These and past awards show what can be achieved when people come together and unlock the potential which exists in their communities.”