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Rachel Dean, director of The Sands, which won a White Horse Award last night, a Yorkshire tourism 'Oscar',  for best self catering and services apartments Pictures by Andrew Higgins  114129a
Rachel Dean, director of The Sands, which won a White Horse Award last night, a Yorkshire tourism 'Oscar', for best self catering and services apartments Pictures by Andrew Higgins 114129a

TWO major Scarborough accommodation-providers have given their reaction after being named the best in Yorkshire at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Celebrating their success at the Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Awards were the Crown Spa Hotel and The Sands Apartments.

Crown Spa Hotel staff celebrate another tourism award. Front Richard Frank ,Daphne Olney ,Nicolette Steel and David Frank cheer with staff..Picture Richard Ponter 114134

Crown Spa Hotel staff celebrate another tourism award. Front Richard Frank ,Daphne Olney ,Nicolette Steel and David Frank cheer with staff..Picture Richard Ponter 114134

The Crown Spa scooped the Sustainable Tourism Award and was also shortlisted in the Large Hotel of the Year category.

The Sands won the Self Catering, Cruisers and Serviced Apartments Award. They have both now automatically been put forward for the finals of the Visit England Awards for Excellence next year.

The awards were presented at a lavish black-tie ceremony at Doncaster Racecourse in front of 1,000 guests.

Sands’ director Rachel Dean said: “This is the icing on the cake for us and all our staff, who have worked so hard to make The Sands the best self-catering accommodation in Yorkshire. We are absolutely delighted.”

Richard Frank, managing director of the Crown Spa Hotel, attended the eevnt witrh brother David and his family, said that winning the Sustainable Tourism Award was a “fantastic achievement”.

He explained: “A key point is that we took C02 readings in 2005 and 2010 and we had made a 25 per cent saving.

“By the end of this year we are working on making it 30 per cent and our aim for 2015 is a reduction of 50 per cent.”

He added: “It makes sustainable sense and business sense, as it has probably saved us around £500,000.”

Mr Frank explained that changes had been made in the hotel’s lighting, heating, insulation and efficiency of plant and machinery, among other areas.

Solar panels have been up since 2009 and planning applications have been made for 16 turbines, as the hotel is now at a point where it will need to produce its own energy in order to reduce its carbon footprint further.

Scarborough coach company Bluebird organised transport for a number of the Scarborough guests and award-winners at the event, in conjunction with Welcome to Yorkshire area director Janet Deacon.

The event featured dancers from Tony Peers’ summer shows in Scarborough and Bridlington, led by Linda Newport.

A new Yorkshire tourism video included images of Scarborough, Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Staithes and Ryedale.