Maritime centre set to create jobs for 11

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ELEVEN new jobs are set to be created at the new Newbiggin Maritime Centre this summer.

The landmark attraction, part of the transformation the village has been undergoing for years, is due to open in July.

The £3m centre will employ the equivalent of 11 full-time staff and is also expected to create spin-off work.

Manager Jo Gooding told a meeting of Newbiggin Town Council that she planned to advertise for staff for the café in the next month.

She said she was also keen to showcase local arts, crafts and produce in the centre.

She said the shell of the centre would be handed over by the builders on Friday, May, 6 and it was hoped that it would be ready to open in early July.

Building work began on the centre in October.

Inquiries had been made about inviting a royal visitor along to open it, she added.

The years of work put in by volunteers to making the centre, at the north end of the promenade, a reality would be marked, said Ms Gooding.

“We want to use this past to reinvigorate Newbiggin’s future,” she said.