New seafront cafe to open in marina development

First tenant at the new marina development at Seaham, Mark Milroy (left) is welcomed by Coun. Neil Foster cabinet member for economic regeneration Durham County Council (right) and Alan Napier Deputy Council Leader (2nd right)
First tenant at the new marina development at Seaham, Mark Milroy (left) is welcomed by Coun. Neil Foster cabinet member for economic regeneration Durham County Council (right) and Alan Napier Deputy Council Leader (2nd right)
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A DAD has said it was a “dream come true” to be the first tenant at a multimillion-pound marina development.

Mark Milroy is preparing to open The Lookout coffee shop in Seaham’s North Dock and hopes to recreate the success he has seen in at venues in his home harbour.

The 30-year-old, who is originally from Troon in Scotland, moved to East Durham with wife Fiona, also 30, who is originally from Peterlee, and the couple are parents to Mack, three, and Willis, 11 months.

His cafe will open in April, and recruitment is under way to fill the six jobs which will be created.

Mark, who has launched cafes and trained staff for Debenhams and has invested £60,000 in his own venture, said: “It’s been a long time coming, but we’re so excited to get going.

“It’s a dream come true for me. The views, the location is just stunning, and I’m sure it’s going to be a success.”

The business centre has been created as part of the £4million transformation of the dock, which has been carried out by Durham County Council.

As well as the retail units, the project, which opened two years after it was due to be completed, has also seen the installation of pontoons, dock gates, improvements to the entrance and the refurbishment of the lifeboat house.

The marina has berths for up to 77 boats, and the business centre can accommodate 11 businesses.

Anyone interested in either a berth or unit can contact Lisa Jordan on 581 8998 or via email at lisa.jordan@durham.gov.uk.

The marina is open to the public during the week when staff are present. Members of the boat club and those with a berth can access the marina at all times.

As the business units begin to open during April, the marina will be opened full time to the public.

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