Sunny day for Island tourism

By David Newble

Friday, March 7, 2014

 

Sunny day for Island tourism

Simon Dabell presents Godshill’s award to Diane Andrews. Picture by Peter Boam.

THE Old Smithy, Godshill, was the appropriate setting for an awards ceremony celebrating all that is best in the Island’s tourism industry.

The entire village scooped the prize as the favourite coach destination for visitors to the IW last year, in the annual Visitor Attraction Association Awards, held on Monday.

Accepting on behalf of the village, Diane Andrews, director of the Old Smithy, joked: "It is because we have a free car park, to be honest."

She added: "There is plenty to see when you get here and you don’t have to spend any money if you don’t want to. Our church is very famous and it is a lovely place to have a cup of tea."

The awards were made by Diamond Isle Glass, based at Arreton Barns, and were presented by Simon Dabell, chairman of the Island’s destination management organisation, Visit Isle of Wight.

See this week's County Press for more pictures and full results.

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Stephen Elliott

7th March 2014, at 19:59:49

Free Parkin makes the difference

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by Stephen Elliott

7th March 2014, at 19:59:49

Free Parkin makes the difference

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by TED PARKER

7th March 2014, at 19:15:36

Just a pity the trade in that particular establishment is tailing off.
They used to offer great value for momey.....not any more !!

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by Gaspard Postlethwaite

7th March 2014, at 11:59:29

Well done Godshill and all the businesses that provide a pleasant day out for our visitors and Islanders. It is such a friendly village and I love to see it buzzing with excited tourists.

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