Lancashire Superstar Sue is National Finalist

3 January 2015


3 January 2015: VisitEngland, the national tourist board has announced the shortlist for Tourism Superstar 2015. The tourism accolade was launched three years ago as part of English Tourism Week (this year running 14-22 March) and is supported by the Daily Mirror.

The campaign recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry, and is awarded to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors to England have an unforgettable experience.

The shortlisted superstars are:

Andrew Archibald – Doorman at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester

Mark Brattle – Head Falconer at Leeds Castle in Kent

Sue Copp – Guest Service & Inclusion Manager at Sandcastle Waterpark, in Blackpool, Lancashire

Chris Green – Zoo Keeper at The Cotswold’s Wildlife Park and Gardens in Burford, Oxfordshire

Matthew Henderson –Engagement & Participation Team Assistant at Beamish Museum in County Durham

Katie Neville – Period Interpreter at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon

Gerry O’ Brien – Publican of The Churchill Arms in London

Clive Phillips – English Heritage Steward at Wellington Arch, London

Kevin Shurmer – Museum Sales and Interpretation Assistant at STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon, Wiltshire

Angela Tidmarsh – Tourism Officer at Wychavon District Council in Worcestershire

Chairman of English Tourism Week David Curtis-Brignell said: “Tourism Superstar 2015 serves to highlight the passion and dedication that abounds in the tourism industry. This award recognises the people on the front-line who meet and greet visitors on a daily basis, and whose unfailing hard work and creativity ensures that visitors to England have an unforgettably wonderful experience.”

The Daily Mirror will host an online public vote from 31st January which shows a  short film of all nominees.  Readers will be able to vote for their favourite on

The winner will be announced on March 14th, the first day of English Tourism Week and will be invited to attend VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence held in May this year.


For more information please contact: Angelah Sparg [email protected] 020 7578 1482

For more information or to arrange interview with Sue Copp, Sandcastle Waterpark, Blackpool, Lancashire please contact: Anna Izza, Marketing Lancashire [email protected] 01772 426459

 Notes for Lancashire Editors:

Picture shows: Sue Copp with her award for Lancashire Tourism Superstar, presented at the Lancashire Tourism Awards, Blackpool Tower Ballroom, 6 November 2014.

Winner of the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2014 Tourism Superstar award Sue Copp, Guest Service & Inclusion Manager at Sandcastle Waterpark, in Blackpool, has the whole county behind her as she goes ‘head to head’ with nine other superstars from all over England, who have made the national shortlist for the VisitEngland Tourism Superstar 2015 award.

Cllr Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: “I’m delighted to hear that Sue has been shortlisted. This is a huge credit to both her and all the staff at the Sandcastle Waterpark who do a wonderful job in welcoming visitors. I would urge everyone in Blackpool and all fans of the Sandcastle to get behind her by voting.”

Ruth Connor, Chief Executive of Marketing Lancashire, the county’s destination management organisation comments:  “Sue’s work at Sandcastle Waterpark absolutely deserves national recognition.  We were so pleased to highlight Sue’s superb customer service skills at the LancashireTourism Awards 2014 where she won the title Lancashire Tourism Superstar 2014.   We now need the whole of Lancashire to vote for Sue and to celebrate the invaluable contribution she makes to the visitor experience, through her amiable and considerate approach to each individual guest.”         

#VoteSueCopp from 31st January

About VisitEngland

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About English Tourism Week

English Tourism Week is led by the national tourist board, VisitEngland, and is an industry-wide initiative designed to shine a light on the importance of tourism in England. The industry as whole is worth £106billion to the UK economy and supports 2.5 million jobs. Hundreds of tourism organisations and businesses will be putting on events to celebrate English Tourism Week this year. For more information about English Tourism Week see

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