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Historic Seaham lifeboat house officially reopened following restoration project
5:50pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
AN HISTORIC lifeboat house on the east Durham coast was officially reopened today (Friday, September 13) after being restored to its former glory.
The new tourist attraction at the Seaham Marina, in Seaham, will feature the George Elmy lifeboat, which capsized with the loss of nine lives in November 1962.
The lifeboat returned to her home port in June following a long restoration project.
The previously derelict lifeboat centre and fisherman’s cabin has been transformed into a new tourist attraction and visitor centre in a collaborative project between Durham County Council, the Limestone Landscapes Partnership and East Durham Heritage Group.
The site features display areas as well as a shop.
Historical items of local interest will be on display, while the centrepiece will be the George Elmy - sited on a mobile cradle, allowing it to be moved outside for special events.
The lifeboat house project has been jointly funded by county council’s community economic development team, the local councillors’ neighbourhood budgets and the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Limestone Landscapes Relics Rising project.
Cabinet member for economic regeneration, Councillor Neil Foster, said: “Following the opening of the marina it’s great to see the lifeboat house restored to its former glory as part of the on-going regeneration of Seaham.
“The newly constructed visitors centre will allow residents and tourists alike to appreciate the fascinating industrial and maritime heritage of the area.”
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