North East Lincolnshire tourist industry calls for extra help following landslide
There's pressure for rail companies to give extra support to the tourist indusrty in North East Lincolnshire, after a landslide two months ago closed a major railway line.
The line connecting Cleethorpes to Doncaster was damaged near Hatfield Colliery in February. Local Councils have held talks with Network Rail and First TransPennine Express over its scheduled re-opening in July.
A number of ideas were put forward including possible half price fares and extra trains to help over the summer period.
It may be December but tourism bosses in one seaside resort in Lincolnshire are already planning for the summer. 60,000 copies of a new visitor guide for Skegness and the surrounding areas have been unveiled today by East Lindsey District Council.
The council's also planning to run a huge bus advertising campaign in the West Midlands, to try and bring more visitors to the area. As Kate Hemingway reports:
Visitor numbers to Yorkshire have increased during what's been a tough year nationally, according to latest figures.
Trips to the county were up 16.3% for the period September 2011 to August 2012 according to the official Great Britain Travel Survey.
Advertisements including branding every ticket barrier at London's Kings Cross station with Welcome to Yorkshire, a television ad campaign and product placement promoting the county in Emmerdale, are all thought to have helped.
A visitor attraction in Barnsley has been shortlisted for a national award.
Cannon Hall Farm, which has animals including pigs, sheep, cattle and llamas, has been shortlisted in the Visit England Awards for Excellence. The final takes place today.
We are keeping our fingers crossed for national success. We are proud to live in Barnsley, people have preconceptions about it, but it's a wonderful area with great people and we are happy to be playing our part in putting this fantastic part of England on the UK tourist map.
– Richard Nicholson, Director
Cannon Hall Farm was praised in the regional finals for its all-night Lambing Live event that allowed visitors to witness the birth of lambs and piglets, and its Halloween Pumpkin Festival, where more than 5,000 pumpkins were carved.
World famous novelist and critic Dame Margaret Drabble has been chosen to join Sheffield’s prestigious ‘walk of fame’ this year. She joins the likes of Joe Cocker, Sean Bean, Michael Palin and Jessica Ennis on the city’s ‘Hollywood Boulevard-style’ attraction outside the Town Hall.