A Blackpool tourism worker and former stage star is calling on the Fylde coast for help – after becoming one of just 10 people across the country to make the shortlist for a prestigious award.
Sandy Griffiths is in the running for Visit England’s Tourism Superstar Award. And voting is now open in this national online competition.
She has worked in the Blackpool Tourist Information Centre for the past 10 years but before this had an extensive stage career which saw her first perform with The Blackpool Tower Children’s Ballet when she was 12.
Sandy went on to become a Tiller Girl at the Opera House, andhas performed throughout Blackpool. In her 30s she joined the famous Roly Poly’s – the dance troupe of the late comedian Les Dawson.
Her 16 year stint with the Roly Poly’s even saw Sandy dance on stage at the Royal Variety Show in 1987.
Today she is one of a team of five who act as the first point of call and represent Blackpool to the resort’s 13 million visitors every year.
And, working in the TIC, Sandy deals with customers face-to-face, over the phone and via email. Over six months last year, she and the team handled some 69,000 face-to-face enquiries from members of the public.
She said: “I am delighted to have made this shortlist and I would ask as many people as possible to please vote for me because this isn’t a vote just for me but for the whole of Blackpool.
“It means a lot to get nominated in any award and I can honestly say I could not believe it when I found out I had been shortlisted.
“I come into work every day to do my job which is to ensure everyone has a great time whether they are visiting for the day or for a holiday.
“I do this because I love Blackpool and I get a tremendous kick out of knowing that myself and my colleagues have been able to help.”
Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, added: “I would urge everyone to vote for Sandy.
“Sandy works incredibly hard with her colleagues to ensure that every visitor to Blackpool has a wonderful time and that they always leave the Tourist Information Centre with their questions answered.
“She really is a huge advocate for Blackpool and it is quite clear how proud Sandy is to have a job promoting her hometown to millions of visitors every year.”
The VisitEngland Tourism Superstar Award was launched two years ago as part of English Tourism Week, which this year runs from March 29 until April 6.
The award 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 a priceless experience.
To vote for Sandy log on to the website at www.visitblackpool.com/votesandy, watch her video online and then click the link to register your vote for her.