THE launch of a new £800,000 pub in Hebburn has been welcomed by town councillors.
The White Lead in Blackett Street, Hebburn, has been developed on the site of the former Dougie’s Tavern, which had been closed for several years.
Creating 24 new jobs, the pub venture has been warmly received by Coun Richard Porthouse, chairman of Hebburn community area forum.
He said: “I’m delighted with The White Lead, which has brought new life to that part of Hebburn and also created much-needed work in the area.
“I visited the pub just after it opened and was impressed with how much work has gone into the place.”
Coun Porthouse also has personal links with the area opposite the new pub, which is where he started his working life.
He said: “I served my time as a welder with the British Arc Welding Company, which stood nearby, and remember the old Royal Hotel pub on the site.”
Coun Porthouse was welcomed at The White Lead by co-owners and brothers, Tim and Sean Kilmartin.
A joint business venture between Tavistock Leisure and County Durham’s Sonnet 43 microbrewery, the pub is decorated with many old photographs of Hebburn’s industrial past.
A pub has stood on the Blackett Street site since at least 1871 and the pub’s new name is inspired by a leadworks, which once operated nearby.