A MARINA development will be officially launched today following its £3.2million revamp.
Seaham’s North Dock has been transformed with pontoons for 77 boats, an 11-unit business complex, a heritage centre, and has become home to its own jet ski club.
As part of its grand opening, from 5.30pm, Councillor Pauline Charlton, chairman of Durham County Council, will lead the unveiling.
Funky Style Brass from France and Trimdon Brass Band will provide music.
Since the public were allowed access to the site following the competition of the work, which was delayed by more than two years, thousands have visited its cafe, The Lookout.
The development has also become home to the restored George Elmy lifeboat.
It sailed home from the Tyne following a four-year project to refit it with a mobile cradle, so the vessel can be moved outside for people to see during special events.
Councillor Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “The regeneration of the marina has built a stunning focal point for Seaham as well as creating local jobs.
“We’re delighted to be officially opening what will be a vibrant destination for residents and visitors from further afield.”