Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Saltburn TIC gets a gold Sea Safety award

Saltburn's Tourist Information Centre is one of the best in the country when it comes to offering advice and information about sea safety. The centre in the town's Station Square has been awarded the Coastguard's Sea Smart Safety gold award, one of only nine awarded nationwide, recognition of 'going beyond the call of duty.' Safety posters, leaflets and children's name tags are all part of the Centre's service, operated by Redcar and Cleveland Council, which passed scrutiny on a 'secret shopper' visit during the summer. The Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism Councillor Dave Fitzpatrick said:"We're delighted that the work of our staff has been recognised nationally. It's a deserved honour for them and another accolade for the Council's services in Saltburn." Centre manager Judith Bullock said:"We've had a really busy summer, with hundreds of people through the door, many asking for advice and information about the beach, which we're only too happy to provide." Volunteer coastguard Paul Waugh, the deputy station officer at Skinningrove, who presented the certificate to the Centre manager, was the Coastguard's undercover man. He said:"The staff are always friendly and helpful, it's a smashing facility, well-used and very well run." Chief Coastguard Peter Dymond commented:"These awards really demonstrate the great work that Tourist Information Centres do. They are a vital source of coastal safety information."

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