Richmond's now privately run Tourist Information Centre joined Welcome To Yorkshire, the award winning Destination Management Organization, and Richmond Online to promote the county's visitor economy.
A launch event was held this week to promote the Tourist Information Centre, its management and team of dedicated volunteers. Supporting the launch from Welcome To Yorkshire were David Shields, Area Director, North Yorkshire, together with colleagues Rachel Smith and Carol Cheetham. The Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Oliver Blease, and Mayoress Valerie Blease also attended.
The TIC was taken over in August by Barrie Proctor following the decision by Richmondshire District Council to close it. All the volunteer staff under the previous management have continued to support the operation; their numbers have recently increased by two.
Also present at the event were Andrew Russell and Carolyn Grant from Richmond Online, Richmond's community and tourism website. Andrew Russell said: "We were concerned when it looked like Richmond would be without a Tourist Information Centre and are delighted that Barrie has taken it over. We're looking forward to working closely with Barrie, Hilda and their team to promote the town to potential visitors."
Richmond TIC is open every day from 9:30am until 5:00pm. It offers a wide range of local knowledge and expertise from friendly staff, together with a large selection of guidebooks, maps and quality locally produced souvenir items. Contact them on 01748 828742.
Photo: (left to right): Councillor Oliver Blease, Valerie Blease, Mayor and Mayoress of Richmond, Barrie Proctor, Hilda Ellis, Andrew Russell, Carolyn Grant and David Shields.