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Shotley Pier Group close to exchanging contracts after latest fundraising boost

PUBLISHED: 18:04 02 December 2017 | UPDATED: 18:04 02 December 2017

It is hoped that if the bid is successful the pier will be repaired and opened to the public who can enjoy walking along it, fishing, launching kayaks and mooring boats alongside. Picture: ARCHANT

It is hoped that if the bid is successful the pier will be repaired and opened to the public who can enjoy walking along it, fishing, launching kayaks and mooring boats alongside. Picture: ARCHANT

A coffee morning at the Chelmondiston Red Lion has raised a further £2,000 for the Shotley Pier renovation – with the project nearing the handing over of contracts.

The Shotley Pier Group coffee morning at the Red Lion in Chelmondiston raised another £2,000 for the project. Picture: SHOTLEY PIER GROUP The Shotley Pier Group coffee morning at the Red Lion in Chelmondiston raised another £2,000 for the project. Picture: SHOTLEY PIER GROUP

Coffee and cakes sold to more than 200 people at the pub alongside special pier Christmas cards raised £2,000 for the cause.

The community led project features shares being sold to raise money for the renovation.

Volunteers and investors celebrating reaching £120,000 raised for the retsoration of Shotley pier. Picture: STEVE CHICKEN Volunteers and investors celebrating reaching £120,000 raised for the retsoration of Shotley pier. Picture: STEVE CHICKEN

So far, 450 people have bought shares, with £127,000 having been raised from that.

The last conveyancing details are now being finalised, with an exchange of contracts set to take place soon.

Vice chairwoman of the Shotley pier Group, Sally Chicken, said: “The enthusiasm at the coffee morning was amazing.

“People are starting to offer their practical skills and we have commissioned several artists to imagine what the pier might look like later down the line.”

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