August 1, 2008
THE number of visitors to a seaside village has increased more than 20 times since it was given back its beach.
A year ago villagers in New-bigg-in-by-the-Sea were celebrating the completion of work to improve the seafront, including bringing in 500,000 tonnes of sand to restore the beach, which had been stripped away by erosion.
The project is part of a wider plan to rejuvenate the Northumberland former fishing village's economy.
The project managers say the increase in visitors is further proof that their hope of transforming the district into a vibrant business community demonstrates that their dream is becoming reality.
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