Loss of in­for­ma­tion of­fice ‘short-sighted’

The Galloway News - - [email protected] VIEW - David Tucker Thirsk North York­shire

Sir – In a pre-Easter break our fam­ily slipped away from Thirsk in North York­shire to one of our favourite haunts, Kirkcud­bright.

On the first evening of our stay I walked down to the tourist in­for­ma­tion of­fice, by the har­bour where the sea-fish­ing boats tie up, only to find it closed.

Not just shut up for the day, but closed down, empty coun­ters and dis­play racks vis­i­ble through the pic­ture win­dows. I was sur­prised. Your lead story “our tourism chiefs have to do bet­ter” re­flects the views of lo­cal peo­ple I spoke to, and mine.

I gather that Visit Scot­land closed it in Fe­bru­ary, along with other sim­i­lar of­fices, leav­ing just one run­ning in Dum­fries.

Dum­fries may look a log­i­cal place to keep the tourist of­fice go­ing but frankly it isn’t where tourists come, un­less they want to in­spect the closed shops.

Hol­i­day mak­ers want to see the coast­line, the har­bours, the forests, and go walk­ing or cy­cling, or, in Kirkcud­bright, en­joy the colours of the houses and the legacy of the Scot­tish painters such as E A Hor­nel who lived and worked here.

In Thirsk we have a thriv­ing tourist in­for­ma­tion of­fice, manned by a ded­i­cated bunch of vol­un­teers who are a mine of in­for­ma­tion for vis­i­tors and lo­cal peo­ple alike, and to see a tourism or­gan­i­sa­tion close down such an im­por­tant as­set seems at least short-sighted.

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