SEAHAM has been knocked back again in its bid for a slice of the Portas Pilot pie.
The scheme, fronted by the high street guru, will see £1.2million shared between 12 British towns to help revitalise their town shops.
After the first bid was quashed, Seaham vowed to try again for a slice of the money.
But their second bid has now been knocked back.
Steph Guidi, owner of Crazy Clearance Store, said: “I still don’t think it’s been a bad thing.
“The experience has given us the town team and they are still active.”
Steph and the team of Seaham businesses and residents have plans to boost the economy without the help of Mary Portas.
She said: “We’re hoping to have farmers markets and craft fairs, particularly in the run up to Christmas. We’re going to try and do a lot of things that we had planned to do with the money.”
She added: “We have the marina opening coming up and with the markets I think people are thinking more about visiting.
“It might be people around the area who think they haven’t been here for a while and will pop along.”
The town’s bid included a video of hundreds of residents and business owners doing the Seaham Shuffle – a mass dance event to LMFAO’s song Party Rock Anthem.