Councillors Leon Murray and Graham Riley rolled up their sleeves to take on work
3rd April 2014
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Guests visiting the Buckatree Hall Hotel recently 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 at the historic hotel as part of English Tourism Week.

The national week, which runs until Sunday (March 29 - April 6), aims to celebrate everything that is great for tourists in the country.

The mayors answered phones, changed beds, prepared meals and vacumed carpets at the hotel, located at the foot of the Wrekin, in honour of the facilities there.
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.
“With the Ironbridge, a million visitors a year come to Telford and what it brings in terms of jobs is quite significant.”
Councillor Riley added that the hotel was a feather in the cap of Wellington and a real attraction for the town.
He said: “I had a great time working there, it was very very good.
“Councillor Murray and I had a good insight into what goes on an a hotel and everybody was lovely.

“They have a great location, I walk up or round the Wrekin every Sunday and there is so many walks in the area.
“The Buckatree is always busy with coach loads of people and it is a vital hotel for tourism in the area, if you’re staying there you can just go for a little walk if you get up early in the morning.
“Wellington has a lot to offer in terms of tourism and we are doing very well, English Tourism Week is a great way to celebrate this.”
The councillors, in full mayoral chains, worked in the Lander Bar and the Lakeside restaurant as well as changing bedding in some of the 62 bedrooms.
The day of work came about after Councillor Riley held a successful Civic Ball at the hotel earlier this year.
General manager of the hotel Wayne Jenson said: “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.”
As part of English Tourism Week bosses at the Buckatree Hall Hotel are also offering a 15per cent discount on the cost of an overnight stay to anyone who presents a ticket stub for a Shropshire tourist attraction on the same day.

Mr Jenson added: “We hope that we can, in some small way, contribute to the tourist economy across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin by highlighting English Tourism Week.
“England has so many fantastic tourist attractions that are overlooked by people who live near them.
“In Telford not only do we have the historic Ironbridge, a host of museums and RAF Cosford nearby - we also have idyllic walks like The Wrekin which is free to enjoy.

“It is something that everyone in the area needs to promote to make sure the local tourism industry is thriving - especially with the school holidays coming up.”
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