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Resort hands out tourism and business awards

Don PeersA seaside caravan park boss, who has been a long-standing supporter of tourism in the Great Yarmouth area, has been given a lifetime achievement award.

Don Peers has a half century of experience at the family-run tourer and static Grasmere site at Caister, started by his great great grandfather in 1850.

He has been involved since a child and on neighbouring sites has added a 12-chalet site and converted a town house into award-winning apartments.

Mr Peers, 67, who is also a Methodist lay preacher in the Great Yarmouth circuit, said he was thrilled to receive the honour at the climax of an awards ceremony held by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area.

He won the prestigious title for his 20 years of commitment to promoting local tourism, where he has been a stalwart member of the Tourist Authority and the Business Improvement District (BID).

Two hundred nominees and guests attended the Town Hall ceremony celebrating the achievements of people and companies in tourism and, for the first time, the wider business sector.

The awards, now in their 20th year seek to recognise customer-focused businesses going the extra mile.

In a new format this year, the 60 finalists in eight categories were nominated though voting slips sent to 1300 GYTABIA members paying the levy, who then voted for a winner from the top three.

Outgoing GYTABIA interim chairman David Marsh praised the volunteer directors, staff and supporters of the business improvement district (BID) for their passion to make a difference throughout the Greater Yarmouth area. The BID initiative saw levy payers funding and shaping tourism and business improvement schemes.

And GYTABIA chief executive Alan Carr said they included enhanced marketing campaigns through an boosted promotion pot of £300,000, as well as fireworks displays, maritime festivals, and potential for a 2017 air show – but they could only be affordable if all businesses put their hand in their pockets.

The BID is also supporting events such as UK Beach Volleyball and the National Schools Sailing Regatta heading to Gorleston this summer.

Private companies had also been making major investments in holiday, hotel, hospitality and attractions across the borough, where a wide range of business benefited from the tourism economy.

The new chairman of the GYTABIA is Gareth Brown, general manager at the Haven Holiday Park at Caister who said local tourism and business was so much stronger working together, adding the difference between try and triumph was a “bit of umph” which the BID provided.

Award winners, who received their accolades from Mayor of Great Yarmouth Shirley Weymouth, were:

Supplies / Services
Camplings, Portland Lane
Pertwee and Back, Gapton Hall Road
St Nicholas Service Station, St Nicholas Road,

New Norfolk Oven, Hamilton Road
Runners up:
Bradwell Butchery, Crab Lane.
Jim's Butchery, The Conge

Superstore/ Retail Warehouse
Screwfix, Harfreys Industrial Estate
Runners up:
Sainsbury's, Euston Road
Savoy Catering, South Denes

Public House
Pub on the Prom, Marine Parade
The Grayling, Jones Way
The Mariners, Howard Street South

Restaurants/ cafes
The Terrace, Imperial Hotel, North Drive
The Charcoal Grill, Marine Parade
Merrivale Team Room, Marine Parade

Holiday Centres and Self-catering
Vauxhall Holiday Park
Clippesby Holidays, Hall Road
Hopton Holiday Village

Serviced Accommodation
Imperial Hotel, North Drive
The Fjaerland, Trafalgar Road
Prom Hotel, Marine Parade

Leisure Attractions
Merrivale Model Village, Marine Parade
Hippodrome Circus, St George's Road
St George's Theatre, King Street

Lifetime achievement award:
Don Peers, Grasmere Caravan Park, Caister and Peers Premier Apartments

Thirty grading achievement certifcates were also handed out to businesses in the tourism sector committed to raising standards through the national star ranking system.
Guest accommodation, B&Bs and guest houses:
The Haydee, The Maryland, The Weatherdene, The Hamilton, The Chateau, The Fjaerland, The Winchester, The Trotwood, The Kensington, Baron's Court, Maluth Lodge, Kilbranna, Merivon.
Andover House, Knights Court Hotel, Nelson Hotel, Pier Hotel, Prom Hotel, Imperial Hotel.
Cottages, apartments, self-catering, holiday parks:
Cavalier Holiday Chalets, Seadell Chalets, Hadleigh Holiday Suites, Peers Premier Apartments, Cherry Tree Holiday Park, Grasmere Caravan Park, Haven Caister Holiday and Touring Park, Haven Hopton Holiday Village, Haven Seashore Holiday Park, Haven Wild Duck Holiday and Touring Park, Clippesby Hall, Vauxhall Holiday Park, Potters Resort.


Picture captions:
3 Lifetime achievement winner Don Peers
7 Guests at the tourism and business awards in Great Yarmouth Town Hall
1 New GYTABIA chairman Gareth Brown