It was full steam ahead in Bury for English Tourism Week as local MP James Frith took to the railways to promote Bury and Ramsbottom’s tourism offer.
Now in its seventh year, English Tourism Week raises the profile and showcases the benefits of the tourism industry to local communities and the economy. Tourism is one of England’s largest industries. It directly supports more than 2.6m jobs and generates over £106 billion a year for the English economy.
James joined the team behind the East Lancashire Railway for coffee and cake at The Trackside in Bury before visiting the ELR works to see the maintenance underway on the Flying Scotsman and other engines and hopping on board a train at Bolton Street station to visit Ramsbottom.
“We have such a strong tourism offer, from Bury Market and the town’s retail offer to the Art Gallery, Fusilier Museum and Transport Museum in the centre of Bury, to Burrs Country Park and Ramsbottom in the north, with its vibrant town centre and great pubs and restaurants. And connecting it all is the historic and much-loved East Lancs Railway. I’m delighted to celebrate English Tourism Week and champion Bury’s brilliant offer.”
Chair of the East Lancashire Railway, Mike Kelly, said:
“The tourism offer in Bury is substantial and rising. The East Lancs Railway is the second biggest paid attraction across Greater Manchester with some 200,000 visitors annually, supported by 800 great volunteers, enjoying the unique experience of steam and diesel locos along with a range of vintage transport. We are pleased welcome James to the ELR and to be celebrating all that is best in Bury in preserving and showcasing heritage transport.”
The ELR are trying to raise funds to buy the iconic City of Wells locomotive. To make a donation please visit https://www.preservationforgenerations.co.uk/a-home-for-wells