A much-loved seaside tearoom has reopened under new ownership a month after its shock closure.

Glady's Vintage Tea Room reopened yesterday (September 5) following its surprise closure on August 6.

The tearoom was purchased by new owner Diane Hay, 59, from Hartlepool, who said she had been thinking about running a coffee shop for years before the opportunity to buy Glady's presented itself.

Ms Hay said the day she decided she needed a change in her life, she saw a listing for the business on Facebook and knew it was "meant to be."

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She said: "I jinked in there straight away because I knew there would be a lot of interest in the place.

"It's all happened in the last three weeks, very quick.

"I just really wanted the change and I liked the idea. It's a nice little personable business, you get lots of customers, and it's just nice to bring people together.

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"[It's been] crazy, absolutely crazy. I'm hoping more and more people will come in and come to see us, and enjoy the food.

"Come and see us, great company, brilliant food, a good time to be had by all."

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She said the eatery offers traditional British favourites such as sandwiches, pies, bangers and mash, jam roly-poly, among others.

She hopes the business will be able to introduce younger generations to these classic British food staples.

The business, located on The Front, close to the promenade, reopened to plenty of fanfare - with plenty of residents turning out to welcome back the tea room.

Many were left upset by the news of the business' closure in August but were delighted by the news of its reopening.

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One pleased resident said: "Great news. Good luck for the future and well done for keeping Glady’s open. Can’t wait to visit again.

Another delighted resident said: "Great news. Wishing you all the best and hope to pop in next time I’m visiting."

While another said: "Good luck and it s really lovely to see Glady's carrying on."