David Miliband: Brid is ‘beautiful and booming’

David Milliband on stage at Bridlington Spa for the Yorkshire International Business Conference. Picture: Simon Kench/YIBC
David Milliband on stage at Bridlington Spa for the Yorkshire International Business Conference. Picture: Simon Kench/YIBC

Former Foreign Secretary and political heavyweight David Miliband had a special message for Bridlington - our town is “beautiful and booming”.

Speaking to the Free Press at the Yorkshire International Business Conference held at Bridlington Spa, Mr Miliband, who recently resigned from Parliament to take up a job at the Internation Rescue Committee in New York, was effusive in his praise for the resort.

“Bridlington is beautiful, it is booming. Looking at the weather today, the wonderful beaches, what a fantastic advertisement for British tourism,” said Mr Miliband.

Speaking to a packed hall of delegates, Mr Miliband recalled holidaying in the resort as a child in the 1970s.

“It may have been 1974 or 1975. My family were in West Yorkshire, and we came across for a holiday. To be frank, all I can remember was that it rained - so quite different to today. But I’m impressed with what I have seen.”

Mr Miliband also praised the Spa, reopened after an extensive renovation in 2008.

A lot of the debate during the conference covered Hull and the Humber, with Mr Miliband speaking at length about Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Asked how a small town like Bridlington could successfully regenerate Mr Miliband, who as an MP for South Shields has experience of speaking up for smaller towns, told the Free Press that Bridlington needed to promote what makes it unique.

“Small towns can be distinctive places. I know that from South Shields, I always described it as the city edge, away from Sunderland and Newcastle,” he continued. “In that way you can have the benefits of the city, without being there.

“Bridlington should want Hull and other cities in Yorkshire to be a success. You have traditional local markets that come to Bridlington, I know that from my experiences in the West Riding.”

And with the main message from Mr Miliband’s presentation urging Britain to have an open mindset on issues such as immigration, will we see more international visitors to Bridlington?

“Why not? You can meet someone from anywhere in the world, wherever you are.”