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New app launched to unlock Weston-super-Mare’s history

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 January 2018

HAZ officer Cara MacMahon trying out the new Crumbs app. Picture: North Somerset Council

HAZ officer Cara MacMahon trying out the new Crumbs app. Picture: North Somerset Council


A new app has been launched to celebrate Weston’s history and help people find the seaside town’s landmarks.

North Somerset Council’s Crumbs City Trail mobile app, which has been launched as part of the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), takes the user on a walking route scattered with clues and trivia questions based on the history of Weston.

Project officer Cara MacMahon told the Mercury the app would help people to uncover a number of the town’s ‘hidden historic gems’.

She added: “The idea of the walk was to create an activity which combines the fun elements of a treasure hunt with some interesting facts for people to read as they go round our beautiful town.

“This app allows the user to look up and around at our stunning architecture which we often miss in our day-to-day lives.”

The 90-minute trails will encourage people to get out and exercise as well as find out 
more about the history and culture of Weston.

Councillor and historian John Crockford-Hawley said: “Healthy living is not just about food and exercise, it is also about feeding the mind and nourishing curiosity.

“This digital equivalent of the old leaflet-cum-map will open our eyes and be a fun way to learn a bit more local history.

“There is a technological downside: my trusty ancient Nokia must go if I am to take advantage of this new app. Time for the old teacher to enter a brave new world.”

The HAZ is part of the Weston Town Centre Regeneration Programme which will see improvements to key development sites and infrastructure projects.

It will also help to remove barrier and positivity encourage investment within the town.

The council was handed £600,000 from Historic England to set up the HAZ, which plans to overhaul some of the town’s historic buildings, as well as some community events.

So far South Parade has been identified as a place in need of enhancement and Weston Railway Station has been granted Grade-II listed building status.

The council hopes the HAZ will attract more people to live and work in Weston’s centre, therefore creating a lively, university town which will support and improve the local economy.

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