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MP named Honorary Otley Ambassador

March 2, 2017 9:15 AM

Greg Mulholland MP and 15 others, have been selected as Otley's first Honorary Ambassadors at an event held at Otta's Leah restaurant in the Town last night.

16 people who all share a strong bond with Otley, accepted invitations to become an Honorary Otley Ambassador and will represent the town in their respective fields of the arts, science, music, business and politics.

Greg Mulholland, whose constituency includes Otley, was joined by his fellow new Ambassadors at the launch event last night. The Otley Honorary Ambassadors programme was launched by Otley Town Council, with the support of other tourism stakeholders in town, Otley Bid, Otley Chamber of Trade and Otley Town Partnership.

The other Honorary Otley Ambassador's named last night included: Danielle Bailey, Paralympic swimmer; Jennifer Birch, of the Otley Ukulele Orchestra; Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council; Georgia Coates, Olympic swimmer; Lizzie Deignan, World champion cyclist; Terry Ford, Otley Bellman; Ray Georgeson, Liberal Democrat Otley Town councillor; Malcolm Hills, of the Wharfedale Wayzgoose Morris Dancers; Sally Hinchliffe, Owner of Bondgate Bakery; Paul Howard, Director of Sinclairs, a stationery company in Otley; Marty Jopson, Scientist; Dudley Parker, of the Blue Badge Guide; Matthew Hedley Stoppard, Otley Town Poet; Chloe Tear, Cerebral Palsy Teens Ambassador; and Rob Woosnam-Savage, Curator at the Royal Armouries.

Otley AmbassadorsGreg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West said:

"I am very honoured to have been chosen as an Otley Ambassador, and I look forward to working with the other Ambassadors to promote Otley, and increase tourism to the town. I am delighted that following my suggestion of a tourism strategy for the town, Otley Town Council have now done this and I am very pleased to take on this role to support the drive to boost tourism locally.

"Otley and the surrounding area has a lot to offer day and weekend visitors and I hope that the new tourism drive will encourage more people to come to Otley to enjoy the town, the Chevin and surrounding countryside and of course spend money in our shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. I am sure that the new Otley Ambassadors will all want to do what they can to assist in this, something I have done for the last nearly twelve years as Otley's MP and am delighted to do going forward also as an Otley Ambassador working with the other Ambassadors, the Town Council, Otley Bid, Otley Chamber of Trade and Otley Town Partnership."