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BUSINESS leaders in Seaham have vowed to bring a spectacular Christmas to the town with £20,000 of festive lighting.

The Destination Seaham group, which is made up of councillors, business people and the Seaham Heritage Group, hopes that the lights will attract visitors as well as income to the town over the Yuletide period, giving a timely boost to the economy.

The seafront is to be festooned in lights, with part of Seaham’s main shopping street, Church Street, also being lit up.

Destination Seaham has been given £10,000 to spend by the Government.

The cash came after the town had twice been unsuccessful in landing £100,000 from the Portas Pilot scheme, an initiative to boost the UK’s high streets with television retail guru Mary Portas as its figurehead.

Eventually, the town became one of 392 areas to be awarded a £10,000 consolation prize.

This was described by local MP Grahame Morris as “little more than a paltry gesture” from the Government, but Seaham’s business community has always been determined to make any amount of money work for it.

Along with Seaham Town Council, Durham County Council and other organisations, it is aiming for “match funding,” which would see the £10,000 Portas cash being equalled.

It was decided, at a Destination Seaham meeting, to spend the money on illuminating the town.