Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw.
Eric Ollerenshaw.

Last week on Lancashire Day I called in to Lancaster’s Chamber of Commerce Tourism Workshop which was held at the Storey.

This was part of the plan to create a “destination brand” for Lancaster which will work to promote our City’s position as ‘one of England’s most vibrant historic cities where culture and heritage captivate and inspire visitors.’

The Tourism workshop events included free brand workshops where businesses could get guidance on the practical applications of the city’s new brand which I hope we all shall soon be using.

My thanks to the City Council and the Chamber in pushing forward these opportunities.

I also made up one of a panel at a question and answer for northwest members of the ATL teachers’ union.

Despite being a past member of ATL, as I am sure you would expect, I wasn’t given an easy ride over the pace of educational changes in the last few years.

After surgery at the Library I managed to get to the real tail end of an open day at Lancaster Farms prison, which has recently moved from being a youth offenders’ institution to being fully adult.

This was an open day for School Sixth Forms in combination with Police and Magistrates and certainly everybody I met felt it had been an excellent day for all concerned.

My thanks to the Governor and staff for enabling this event to happen and certainly the comments I picked up seemed to demonstrate this had been an excellent educational experience in its widest sense.

Finally I just wanted to remind everyone that this Saturday (December 6) is Small Business Saturday and is an ideal opportunity to pick up those last minute gifts at one of our local shops or from our great local market.

I will certainly be doing just that as well as calling in to the Storey to see what’s on offer at the small business Christmas Market.