Standedge Tunnel Visitors’ Centre shortlisted for top tourism award
Aug 5 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A POPULAR visitors’ centre and a Huddersfield railway have been nominated for a top tourism award.
Standedge Visitor Centre, Marsden, and the Kirklees Light Railway at Denby Dale have both been shortlisted for Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards – the county’s biggest tourist awards.
They are among projects nominated for the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category.
And they will be competing against other shortlisted attractions including Barley Hall medieval town house, York, Harrogate Turkish Baths, Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens and Nursery, near York, and Scampston Walled Garden, near Malton.
The Kirklees Light Railway is a 3.5-mile minimum gauge railway first opened in October 1991.
It runs along the trackbed of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway’s branch line from Clayton West to Clayton West Junction near Shepley on the Penistone Line.
This year’s winners will be decided by a panel of independent judges chaired by Barbara Woroncow OBE at a black tie event at the Yorkshire Event Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, on October 4.
James Dean, visitor services manager for Standedge, said: “We’re delighted to be on the shortlist for such an important tourism award.
“We pride ourselves on being a real family friendly visitor attraction with something for all ages to enjoy, whether it’s a trip into the tunnel or visiting one of our special events.
“As a team we’re keeping everything crossed that we will win the prize in October which would be a great way to kick off the celebrations for what will be the tunnel’s 200th birthday year in 2011.”
The railway boasts six engines, five of them powered by steam.
All but one of the engines were built by engineer Brian Taylor in the workshops at Clayton West.
Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre holds a falconry day on Sunday.
At the railway on August 20 to 23, youngsters can meet Thomas the Tank Engine and others, as well as the Fat Controller.