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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Maryport town team in line for award

Maryport’s town team has been shortlisted for a national award.

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ALL ABOUT TEAMWORK: The Love Maryport Town Team has been shortlisted for a national award, from front: Debra Coles, Deborah Wright, Peter Kendall, Gill Elliot, Toni Magean and mayor Carol Tindall

The Association of Town and City Management has shortlisted the Love Maryport team as one of the best in the country along with Buxton, Cookstown and Sevenoaks.

Gill Elliot, chairman of the Love Maryport team, said it was a coup for the town and recognition of the work done by all involved.

She said: “We are a small town and a small team. Our work is voluntary and our sole aim is to promote Maryport as a place to live, work and visit.

“I will now wait with bated breath to see the outcome of the competition.”

Toni Magean, town centre manager, said: “In the short time we have been in existence, we have seen many things happen and more that will happen.

“We have been fortunate to have the backing of both Allerdale and Maryport councils. Allerdale has given us £10,000 and officer support while Maryport Town Council has given us £3,000 and support.”

One of the major events of the last two years was the decision to involve Hidden Britain, a charity that looked at the town’s marketing opportunities, leading to creation of the Love Maryport Town Team.

The team has already cleaned up signs and is commissioning new town maps.

The tourist information centre has been moved to the Lake District Coast Aquarium.

An application for funding has gone to fisheries charity FLAG for a harbourside trail and tourist signs.

The team has also developed a website and is in the process of creating a town app. A Love Maryport tourist booklet has been produced.

The group has also entered a partnership with Cumbria Tourism, which has produced a Maryport edition of the My Cumbria card, giving discounts on attractions and entertainment throughout the county.

The team will find if it has won at an award presentation in Dundee on Thursday, June 26.

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