Local tourism stars are toast of the county

Bleasdale Cottages were presented with the Green Tourism Award by Simon Calder
Bleasdale Cottages were presented with the Green Tourism Award by Simon Calder
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Wyre businesses have triumphed in this year’s Lancashire Tourism Awards, which also recognised the outstanding contribution a local councillor makes to promoting the area.

The winners of the Marketing Lancashire awards, now in their 10th year, were announced at a special event at Blackburn Cathedral last week.

Anne and Robert Gardner of Bleasdale Cottages won the Green Tourism award and The Cartford Inn at Great Eccleston carried off the best Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation Award. Both will now go forward to the VisitEngland Excellence Awards 2014, representing the county in the national tourism awards.

Barton Grange Garden Centre was shortlisted in the Large Visitor Attraction award and in a new category - Retail Experience award and Claylands Park, Garstang was shortlisted in the Holiday Park Award.

Meanwhile Garstang Town councillor Lynn Harter was shortlisted in yhe Outstanding Contribution to Tourism section. She was pipped to the post by Preston’s 2012 Guilders, but was jubilant that the nomination shone the spotlight on her adopted home town.

Coun Harter said: “I didn’t win, but had a great evening among some very worthy winners. I lost out to the Preston Guilders. I wouldn’t mind, but they only turn up every 20 years! Seriously, there were some far “bigger” finalists, but I was very proud to have been in this category with these people.”

Lynn has voluntarily marketed the town for the last few years, has regularly produced the Garstang in Bloom portfolio and has raised funds for local charities with her popular guide to Garstang.