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Ex-pit villages in line for tourism cash.

Former pit villages in Northumberland are in line for a pounds 50,000 top-up to help encourage tourism in the rural coalfield.

The Making Waves project, which is based in Shilbottle and covers the Alnwick District Council and Castle Morpeth Borough Council areas, is receiving the extended grant through the Northumberland Strategic Partnership, using funds from One NorthEast. The scheme was set up in September 2000 as a partnership between the authorities to provide tourism business support grants and help community groups to support the environment.

Since then, almost pounds 202,000 in capital and revenue grants has attracted private sector investment of more than pounds 1,112,000 - twice what was expected. And the equivalent of 38 full-time jobs in the tourist industry have been created, while 11 new business start-ups have been supported, alongside specialist advice and information for a further 235 local tourist businesses.

Grants awarded have ranged from pounds 25,000 - the maximum available - to Castle Mania, the new children's inside adventure play and party centre at Amble, to pounds 100 to the Bank of Nostalgia Gift Shop in Warkworth.

The area covered by the project is the coastal strip, east of the A1, from Pegswood in the south to Shilbottle in the north.

Anyone who would like further information about how Making Waves might be able to help them should contact project officer Jim Redpath on (01665) 575-980.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 17, 2003
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