Application video vital to Newbiggin becoming a Mary Portas Town – Video

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NEWBIGGIN by the Sea is celebrating after winning a fiercely competitive opportunity to revamp the town.

They have been named a Mary Portas Pilot Town and will get the assistance of Mary Queen of Shops herself to help and try to turn things around and it means the town, which was selected as one of only 12 in the country, will receive a share of £1.2m in funding.

People reacting today to the �100k government investment in the pilot project that includes Newbiggin by the Sea to help transform the town with Mary Portas.

People reacting today to the �100k government investment in the pilot project that includes Newbiggin by the Sea to help transform the town with Mary Portas.

The application, written by the association’s secretary Crystal Hinds and chair Norma Thompson was drawn up from suggestions of residents.

It was praised for its innovative ideas for improving transport within the town and taking back ownership of empty or under used spaces.

Ms Hinds, manager of the Newbiggin Maritime Centre, said: “It will allow us to put Newbiggin by the Sea on the map and invest in projects which will open town up to the region and nationally.

“For too long the town has been a ‘hidden’ gem.

“To be a thriving town in the future the traders’ association understand that we need to creatively tackle the problems we face. The Mary Portas funding will help us start to do this.”

The initial application for the scheme also included a video, featuring the residents of Newbiggin by the Sea, which you can watch on newspostleader.co.uk by clicking on the video player above...