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Seaham as a town and the sea front and harbour area in particular, has seen vast changes in recent years. Huge investment has been made transforming the sea front and work is already underway to turn the north dock into a marina, with shops, cafe's and a heritage centre. The George Elmy will be central to this development in the original, soon to be refurbished, lifeboat station and it is hoped that she will become a major attraction for local people, tourists, education groups and other interested organisations.

The aim of the East Durham Heritage Group, is that the restoration and re-housing of the boat can be completed before the 17th November 2012 which will be the 50th anniversary of the Seaham Lifeboat Disaster.

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