Opinion: Dickensian Festival marks great end to fantastic season

An artist's impression of the new Bridlington Lifeboat Station.

An artist's impression of the new Bridlington Lifeboat Station.

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Once again the end of the summer season has been completed with another magnificent two weeks of massive entertainment at The Spa.

First of all there were so many young ladies and gents enjoying the majorettes’ competition. And then, of course, the following week saw the annual Scooter Rally.

Tim Norman

Tim Norman

As a business person in the tourism industry myself, I can certainly say that this year has been one which has been extremely busy, with occupancy levels in both serviced and self-catering accommodation standing up well.

This year though has also been one of challenges with the expected arrival of some major brands of hotel. Premier Inn has already purchased its plot and is anticipated to be completing a planning application in November. Travelodge is also expected to be following Premier Inn into our town, although they are yet to decide where they wish to go.

I have no doubt that the opening of these new hotels will bring changes to the face of guest accommodation in the town. They may well attract new visitors to the town and they may provide more opportunities for the Spa to sell their facilities.

Additionally, of course, there are huge concerns over the loss of this extremely well-used car park.

Other massive changes are also afoot in our Great Bridlington with the build of a new RNLI station and then some new kiddies Korner activities next to The Spa to provide further family fun and entertainment. And, although it has been said many a time, I and many of our guests consider that the loss of the Little Boats in the boating lake is a hefty price of generational history to pay for the specific location of the new, and very important, RNLI station.

I can’t look forward to 2016 without mentioning the heralded opening of our new leisure centre. But is it really to be called East Riding Leisure Bridlington?

Looking forward in the Old Town on Sunday, there is the wonderful start of the Christmas festivities with the Dickensian Festival. Along with this Festival this year, the Old Town Gallery is once again welcoming local authors providing a book signing service, with Linda Ellis and John Boughen offering their individual styles of books. John Boughen is offering his children’s book for sale with all of the royalties being presented to charity – When You Wish Upon A Star.

Then, of course, 2016 is to bring some more massive opportunities for Bridlington and the surrounding area with the Dad’s Army being released.

This is a great chance for our town to sell itself, welcome new visitors and be pleased to provide a massive Yorkshire Eyup to the hundreds expected to flock to see the locations of the movie.