Pier nets big tourism award

PUBLISHED: 14:00 21 February 2015

David Johnston, Michelle and Bob Smart at the awards.

David Johnston, Michelle and Bob Smart at the awards.

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OWNERS of the Grand Pier had reason to celebrate after it was presented with a big prize at this year’s Tourism Excellence Awards.

The pier was named as one of the South West’s best venues for tourism and was given a bronze award in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category at a glamorous black tie ceremony held in its great hall.

More than 400 attractions entered the awards but judges had the difficult task of whittling down the nominees in order to create a shortlist of just 93 attractions to be invited to attend the ceremony, which took place on Thursday.

One of the pier’s owners Michelle Michael said: “We were absolutely delighted to host the event.

“The last time it had been in our area was six years ago at Cadbury House.”

Representatives from attractions ranging as far south as the Isles of Scilly, all the way up to Cirencester and across to Salisbury came to the town to attend the event.

Ms Michael said: “Most of the attendees had not been to Weston before so we were thrilled to showcase the great hall at the pier to them.

“It was a very polished affair.We are very much looking forward to hosting them next year.”

The pier was given a bronze award recognising it as one of the best large visitor attractions in the region.

The Roman Baths and Pump Room in Bath was awarded gold, while the Tank Museum in Bovington and The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall snapped up silver.

At-Bristol and World of Country Life in Exmouth also received bronze awards.

The Bath Preservation Trust was also highly commended in the category.

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