Easter tourism 'boost' welcomed

PUBLISHED: 17:59 13 April 2015 | UPDATED: 17:59 13 April 2015

The beach was very popular.

The beach was very popular.

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SUNSHINE over a bank holiday weekend provided Weston with the Easter 'the tourism industry needed'.

With temperatures almost reaching about 18C on bank holiday Monday, Weston was warmer than Athens and parts of Spain, and the busy seafront reflected it.

The first holiday of 2015 saw the beach and promenade packed with day-trippers and holiday-makers soaking up a few rays of sunshine.

The Easter holiday acts as a curtain-raiser for the summer season and saw Weston Sand Sculptures Festival open once again, which unsurprisingly drew in a big crowd on its opening weekend.

The Pirate Adventureland complex on the Beach Lawns was similarly busy over all four days of the bank holiday.

Owner James Rogers said: “The school holidays started slowly but it picked up over the bank holiday weekend.”

John Christopher, who runs Milton Lodge Guest House, said he has received a lot of positive comments from visitors about Weston.

He said: “It’s been very busy. It tended to be the regular visitors we saw again this Easter.

“I heard lots of comments from people saying how everywhere on Weston seafront looked clean and tidy.

“I was over the moon to hear that.

“The sunshine obviously helped, but I was amazed to see how busy the seafront was.”

Darren Fairchild, manager of North Somerset Council’s seafront events team, said Easter had been a great start to the tourist season.

He added: “This weekend was a good start to the summer season with thousands of people out and about.

“We had fantastic weather and it was undoubtedly a very busy weekend for 
our local businesses and concessionaires.”

Mr Christopher used to be a member of the town’s hotel association and had heard positive comments from other hoteliers about the weekend.

He said: “Other businesses have said to me that ‘this Easter was the boost we all needed’.”

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