Standedge Visitor Centre among finalists in tourist industry’s White Rose Awards
Aug 25 2009 by Henryk Zientek, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A COLNE Valley tourist trap is among the contenders for a top award.
Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre is a finalist in the White Rose Awards run by regional tourist body Welcome to Yorkshire.
The centre alongside the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Marsden will compete against four other finalists in the category for visitor attraction of the year with fewer than 50,000 visitors a year.
The other contenders in the category all in North Yorkshire – Barley Hall and the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall in York, Rievaulx Abbey at Helmsley and Ripley Castle at Ripley.
Organisers received a record number of entries for the 2009 awards – with 71 of Yorkshire’s best attractions, hotels, venues and individuals set to compete in 15 categories.
The winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony on October 19 at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We’ve been celebrating the best of Yorkshire tourism for 20 years.
“With a record number of entries, the 21st White Rose Awards is looking like the best year yet.
“The awards are a powerful opportunity to highlight the part these individuals and organisations play in our economy.”