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She's Our Lassie From Lancashire

Tuesday, 30th August 2011

Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards 2011/12

Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board (LBTB) and visitBlackpool are delighted to announce that Blackpool-born singing sensation, Jodie Prenger, is to present and perform at the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards 2011/12 which will be held at the Paradise Room, Pleasure Beach Resort, Blackpool on Thursday 22 September 2011.

Jodie shot to fame on the BBC TV programme I’d Do Anything in which talented singers from across the country performed in the hope of winning the coveted role of Nancy, in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Oliver! Jodie won and later received the 2010 Whatsonstage Theatregoers’ Choice Award, for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Nancy. Since then Jodie has performed in the Number 1 UK Tour of Spamalot, has made regular TV, radio and concert appearances and written My Story, her autobiography.

The Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards are the county’s premier awards; they recognise the outstanding qualities and achievements of tourism businesses across Lancashire, as well as the contribution they make to the county’s £3 billion visitor economy.

The successfully shortlisted businesses* have been informed, the final judging and mystery shopping is underway and tickets for this tourism industry event of the year are now on sale.

Cllr Graham Cain, Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture at Blackpool Council said:
“We are delighted to announce that local girl Jodie Prenger will be hosting this year’s Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards. Lancashire lass Jodie is a fantastic performer and a great ambassador for the town, and I'm sure she will make a wonderful and entertaining host for the awards”

Tony Openshaw, LBTB Director of Marketing added:
“This year’s celebration of Lancashire and Blackpool’s finest tourism businesses, will be a dazzling affair made extra special thanks to the sparkling presence of one of Blackpool’s most cherished performers, Jodie Prenger. As tickets go on sale for this tourism event of the year, the process of selecting the winners from an incredible shortlist is underway. We wish all the finalists the very best of luck.”

Tourism businesses can now book tickets for the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards 2011/12 by calling 01253 478 232.

*The Shortlist for the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards 2011/12

Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year
The Ashton, Lancaster
Dam Head Barn, Nelson
Langtrys, Blackpool
Meadowcroft Barn B&B, Edgworth

Small Hotel of the Year
Bedford Hotel, Lytham St Annes
Best Western Mytton Fold Hotel, Langho
Briar Dene Hotel, Thornton Cleveleys
Millstone at Mellor
The Strand Hotel, Blackpool

Large Hotel of the Year
Big Blue Hotel, Blackpool
Elgin Hotel, Blackpool
Holiday Inn Preston
The Midland, Morecambe

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Burnley Mechanics Theatre, Burnley
Canal Boat Cruises, Hoghton
Old Holly Farm, Garstang
Thornton Hall Farm Country Park, Barnoldswick

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Pleasure Beach Resort, Blackpool
Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool
Towneley Hall, Burnley
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Nr Ormskirk

Self Catering Award
Bronte School House, Nr Kirkby Lonsdale
Canal Boat Cruises, Hoghton
Coast Apartments, Blackpool
Martin Lane Farmhouse Holiday Cottages, Burscough

Caravan Holiday Park & Holiday Village Award
Bay View Holiday Park, Carnforth
Carr Royd Park Ltd/Sunset Park, Hambleton
Claylands Park, Garstang
Windy Harbour Holiday Park, Poulton-le-Fylde

Business Tourism Award
Best Western Premier Leyland Hotel
The Midland, Morecambe
Pleasure Beach Resort, Blackpool
Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green

Best Visitor Experience of the Year
Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Treasure Trails Lancashire
Walkabout Theatre, The Dukes, Lancaster
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Nr Ormskirk

Outstanding Customer Service Award
Jessica Brookes, Best Western Premier Leyland Hotel
Michael Gore, Best Western Premier Leyland Hotel
Team at Morecambe Visitor Information Centre
Management Team at Stanley House Hotel, Mellor

Taste Lancashire Award
The Midland, Morecambe
The Redwell Inn, Carnforth
Toast Cafe Bar & Grill, Blackpool
The Villa, Clitheroe
Ye Old Sparrowhawk, Burnley

Visitor Information Provider Award
Blackburn Visitor Centre
The Visit Garstang Centre
Lancaster Visitor Information Centre
Discover Pendle Centre

Sustainable Tourism Award
Best Western Mytton Fold Hotel, Langho
Blackpool Zoo
Caldertop Cottage, Preston
Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green

Access for All Award
Meadowcroft Barn B&B, Edgworth
Ribble Steam Railway, Preston
Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool
World Horse Welfare Penny Farm, Nr Blackpool

Marketing Campaign of the Year
Merlin & the Legend of Arthur marketing, The Dukes, Lancaster
Opening of Brockholes, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Preston
Pendle Walking Festival, Pendle Borough Council
Opening of Nickelodeon Land, Pleasure Beach Resort, Blackpool

Tourism businesses can now book tickets for the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourism Awards 2011/12 by calling 01253 478 232

Media enquiries: Anna Izza, Communications Executive, Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board on 01257 226614 or

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