Now we are 10

Posted on 23rd June 2010 | in Community

Continuing our reminiscences, now that The Ambler is ten years old

Now we are 10

A look back with pride at some of Amble’s achievements.

Front page of The Ambler Jan 2002


In January 2002 Amble won first prize in a regional regeneration competition. An extraordinary success for the Amble regeneration partnership set up by the Development Trust to deliver a strategy for regeneration.

The partnership consisted of Amble Development Trust, Northumbria County Council, One NorthEast, Warkworth Harbour Committee, Amble Town Council and Amble Business Association. A peaceful example of how to achieve when you pull together.

By February 2003 the Royal Planning Institute officially declared Amble ‘Top town’ and the regional award was converted to the National Award. This was given for the work done in Amble to revitalise the town with projects like Fourways, Queen Street, Town Square and the Pier.

The Judges commented “Amble is an outstanding example of regeneration of a small seaside town through involvement of a wide range of agencies, a clear demonstration of partnership working to achieve a vision of the future in which the whole town has been involved.” Hopefully David Milburn will take these happy memories with him as he leaves the Development Trust.

In November 2003 the Heritage Lottery fund gave us a grant to preserve the Spire of East Cemetery – a much loved symbol for mariners that Amble Harbour was in sight.

This was a venture of the Town Council in conjunction with ENRGI. The Spire was repaired, the area planted out with flowers and shrubs and the rest of the cemetery declared a ‘wildlife site’.