The Seaton Carew improvements were made possible thanks to a £600,000 contribution from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund and £100,000 from local company Able UK. The main contractor was local firm Deerness Fencing and Landscaping.

And in a separate development, a new ten-hole crazy golf course will be created next to the leisure area by a private investor.

Council leader, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, said: “These improvements will bring lots of traditional seaside fun back to Seaton Carew. Add to this the lovely golden beach and Seaton Carew offers an unbeatable day out for all the family.”

Peter Stephenson, Executive Chairman of Able UK, added: “Over half of our workforce are Hartlepool residents and we hope that they, the whole community and the very welcome visitors to Seaton Carew will enjoy this new and enhanced experience for many years to come.”

The Seaton Carew improvements are part of much wider Hartlepool Council plans to regenerate key parts of Hartlepool, including an ongoing £6m project to revitalise the Church Street area and turn it into a thriving creative industries quarter.