April 2014

Guests visiting the Buckatree this month could be forgiven for thinking they had walked into a fancy dress party – but it was in fact the mayors of Telford & Wrekin and Wellington greeting them at reception.

Councillors Leon Murray and Graham Riley rolled up their sleeves to take on work experience as part of English Tourism Week which aims to celebrate everything that is great for tourists in the country.

The mayors answered phones, changed beds, prepared meals and hovered carpets.

Councillor Murray said: “I was nervous but we had a great time. I had some idea before, but doing this made me realise that working in the tourism industry is hard work, which sometimes is not always appreciated by those receiving the service.
“The Buckatree is a fascinating facility with a good view and great staff, I think it is important to support all businesses and tourism plays a big part in the county.”

Councillor Riley added that the hotel was a feather in the cap of Wellington and a real attraction for the town – and so say all of us!

There is no better way to celebrate all things English than to invite the local mayor to help out the staff.  Both Councillor Murray and Councillor Riley have been a great sport and got stuck in to the experience.

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