Council say greeters will return

Rebecca Boag and David Bates, Scarborough town centre Christmas Market 'greeters', in Westborough.  Photo by Andrew Higgins 124842   01/12/12
Rebecca Boag and David Bates, Scarborough town centre Christmas Market 'greeters', in Westborough. Photo by Andrew Higgins 124842 01/12/12
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Town centre greeters, hired by Scarborough Council as part of a dramatic overhaul of the town’s Christmas entertainment, are set to return in the summer.

The authority has confirmed that they are looking to retain some of the greeters to work during the busy summer months, to help promote the town’s shops and attractions to tourists and day-trippers.

The staff were initially hired as part of the festive overhaul, which included the launch of the divisive Bavarian market in the town centre.

They were appointed following a £10,000 Government funding boost from the “Portas Pot”, set up by retail guru Mary Portas.

The council was awarded the funding to help boost trade in the town centre,

Scarborough Council claimed that in the lead up to Christmas, footfall was up in the town centre. However, no final figures have not yet been disclosed by the authority,

The greeters were scattered around the town centre throughout the festive period, and were recognizable by their dark blue jackets.

A spokesperson for Scarborough Council said they had still not confirmed how many staff would be hired, or for how long their contracts would last.

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