A North Yorkshire fish and chip shop owner has taken his “plaice” on Helmsley In Business’s committee.
Tony Webster, who took over Scotts of Helmsley in March 2013, has been given the responsibility of helping to promote the market town and attract visitors to the area.
Helmsley in Business is a group of 41 businesses – including Mr Webster’s own thriving operation – working together to ensure the continuing success of the North Yorkshire town, which is often referred to as the “Gateway to the North York Moors.”
One of the major initiatives Mr Webster and his colleagues are already starting to market and promote is a summer event to celebrate Yorkshire Day.
The summer celebration will run from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 August, extending Yorkshire Day into an entire weekend of Yorkshire-themed fun.
Mr Webster said:
“I am very honoured to have been voted on to the committee and help promote the fabulous town of Helmsley and all the businesses based here.
“Helmsley has a great deal to offer tourists in terms of places to eat, stay, visit and shop.
“My task is to help push the Helmsley name as a far as possible and ensure it is not just a town that tourists pass through, but stop in.
“We are right on the edge of the North York Moors and on one of the main routes to the coast.
“And when it comes to next month’s Tour de France we are close enough for people to go and see some of the stages, yet just far enough away not to be overrun by hordes of Tour fanatics.”
Scotts of Helmsley – which boasts a fully-licensed 75-cover restaurant, takeout counter and function room – was recently presented with the National Federation of Fish Friers (NFFF) Fish and Chip Quality Award – which puts it in the top 2.5 per cent of chippies in the country.