A NEW visitor centre has officially opened at Seaham Marina.
A previously derelict lifeboat house and fisherman’s cabin have been transformed into the tourist attraction and memorial for the renowned George Elmy lifeboat.
Costing approximately £260,000 to complete, the lifeboat house was restored, while the cabin was removed and replaced. There was also lime-pointing training for the local people who wanted to get involved.
The visitor centre will be home to East Durham Heritage Group, which was responsible for the restoration of Seaham’s George Elmy lifeboat.
Geordie Matland, chairman of the group, attended the opening and said: “It’s wonderful to finally have it all finished. It’s a culmination of a lot of people’s efforts.”
A tour after the ceremony showed people the revamped lifeboat and the geology of the marina.
A plaque was unveiled to say thank you to everyone involved in the project.