Name for town’s new pub

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A PUB chain has revealed the name of its new bar as it presses ahead with the development.

The former M&Co store in Church Street, Seaham, is to become a Wetherspoons, creating up to 45 jobs.

The company, which is investing £1.1million in the venue, has chosen the name The Hat and Feathers.

Research by historian Dave Angus shows a pub of that name was recorded in the Seaton area of the town before 1902 and is thought to have been another name for the Bay Horse, an early name for the Seaton Lane Inn or a village farmhouse.

Wetherspoons completed the deal to take on the former women’s clothes shop in the high street at the beginning of February, with bosses saying they are now in the development stage.

Neighbouring businesses had heard the plan had been scrapped, but Wetherspoons said the project is still on track.

An opening date is yet to be announced, but the firm says job vacancies will be advertised in local JobCentres. More information is available via www.jdwetherspoon.co.uk

The business already runs pubs in Sunderland, Houghton, Washington, Chester-le-Street and Durham.

Its planning application was backed by East Durham Business Service, which said it welcomes investment in the town.