AMBLE HARBOUR VILLAGE – to be officially unveiled on March 28 – aims to showcase Amble, Northumberland, as a coastal destination for British and foreign tourists, including active holidaymakers, birdwatchers, walkers, yachting people, and families.
It comprises a new seafood centre and 15 wooden retail pods located on the regenerated harbour and waterfront. It is part of a wider regeneration project for Amble.
Sarah Dunne, Amble Harbour Village co-ordinator, said: 'We want Amble to be recognized as a lively, welcoming town that is proud of its social, industrial, and maritime heritage. This involves working with local businesses, including the fishing community, food retail outlets, and other waterfront and town centre businesses, to ensure the harbour area and marina is fundamental to the visitor experience of Amble.'
Pictured in Amble harbour are two cobles (those furtherest from camera) - clinker-built open fishing boats unique to the north east coast of England. Characterised by their shallow draft for landing and launching from beaches, twin keels, high bow to cope with heavy seas and launching into surf, a steeply raked transom, and a tarpaulin shelter instead of a cabin.
The launch will be nautical-themed family event.
The Newcastle University Training vessel The Princess Royal, the Amble inshore lifeboat, and a locally built skiff will be on display at the harbour.
There will also be cooking displays, food and drink from Amble businesses, plus arts and crafts.
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Picture Credit: Courtesy ambleharbourvillage.co.uk; "Cobles in the harbour, Amble (1)" by Andy F via Wikimedia Commons