Allan Blackburn column: VIP day went down a storm

Allan Blackburn
Allan Blackburn

It’s another memory for you this week. Very often I find myself in conversation at meetings, or with the public and what comes to light is that a lot of people don’t actually realise what exactly we have to offer here at Lancaster Leisure Park.

Of course there’s the main attraction which is GB Antiques Centre, but there are also eight other businesses on the park.

Being a top tourist attraction we often are privileged to welcome esteemed guests to the site and it was three years ago this week that we welcomed 14 VIPs here and I had the honour of showing off our new attractions at the time.

Members of Lancaster and Morecambe’s Visitor Information Centre arrived here for morning coffee followed by a guided tour of the new-look Leisure Park.

They were welcomed into Country Style Meats farm shop, which had just opened the week before, browsed in GB Antiques Centre and given a behind the scenes tour of Lancaster Brewery, which was just about to open to the public for the first time.

There was also time for a quick look in The Factory Shop and Marshalls Self Drive.

The guided tour was followed by a live outside broadcast from Radio Lancashire. Presenter of the afternoon show, Gilly, interviewed the owners of the Farm shop and Lancaster Brewery and I answered listeners’ valuations, as I do regularly.

It was great to welcome Allison Thomas and her team here. Everyone genuinely loved what they saw and the feedback we received was great.

They said they loved seeing the new attractions up and running, loved getting an insight into all our hard work and how the planning had come together.

I made a speech and explained how I’d wanted new attractions on the park for a long time and it was a time to realise my dreams.

I joked that I had another surprise up my sleeve and that retirement would have to wait and three years on I stand by that.

There are some wonderful new things happening at the park in 2015 so it might be time to welcome those VIPS back again for another visit soon.