Bright doors have added a splash of colour to the town’s historic yards.
The eye-catching additions to Buckton’s and Clark’s Yard are part of Darlington Borough Council’s £23.3m Towns Fund project which aims to transform the town centre and boost the local economy.
Business owner Helen Sullivan, of Echo 3 Coffee House & Roastery in Clark’s Yard, said: “We think the doors brighten up the yard which now matches the bustling atmosphere we see regularly. It’s lovely to be part of the yards with all the businesses working together.”
Karen Green, owner of Aquaintance Hair Salon in Buckton’s Yard, said: “I absolutely love the doors. They look great. We’ve had lots of comments from our clients since we reopened last week and they all say they look fabulous.
“It’s a great community spirit here. We can’t wait to see the rest of the developments, and hope it brings more trade to the area.”
Passersby are encouraged to take a selfie in front of the multi-coloured doors and tag the council’s #LoveDarlo hashtag and social media page for a chance to win a prize from a business in the yards.
Newcomer Little Quaker Distillery who opened in Clark’s Yard last week, said: “The regeneration here has been long overdue, but there’s a real artisan vibe now. The doors give the yards a classy look, and it’s a great step in a positive direction; a sign of things to come.”
Fourteen doors have been revamped so far as part of The Yards improvements, with further plans for wall art, festoon lighting, seating, planters and a living green wall.
Chris Mains, the Towns Fund Programme Manager, said: “The shop front enhancements are part of our investment in The Yards, which is home to an array of brilliant independent businesses.
“The improvements have really made the area come alive and we have lots more in store. We encourage people to take a look and enjoy a wander around the town.”
Work to light up Darlington’s historic landmarks has already been completed and town-wide free Wi-Fi is expected to go live next month.