Travelodge opens its doors

Official opening of the new St Annes Travelodge, performed by Mayor of Fylde, Coun Howard Henshaw.'L-R Katy Mace, Mayoress of Fylde Karen Henshaw, Mayor of Fylde Howard Hensahw, Jemma Last, Kasha Koplowski, Ben Tipping and PJ Edgar.
Official opening of the new St Annes Travelodge, performed by Mayor of Fylde, Coun Howard Henshaw.'L-R Katy Mace, Mayoress of Fylde Karen Henshaw, Mayor of Fylde Howard Hensahw, Jemma Last, Kasha Koplowski, Ben Tipping and PJ Edgar.

THE Fylde’s newest hotel has been officially opened – hot on the heels of a sell-out Bank Holiday weekend.

The 61-room Travelodge on Clifton Drive South, St Annes, which has created 15 jobs, opened its doors on April 26 and was full for the May Day holiday.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Fylde, Couns Howard and Karen Henshaw this week officially cut the ribbon on the £3.3m development, in a former office block, which underwent a seven-month refurbishment and extension project to turn it into St Annes’ first branded budget hotel.

The Mayor and Mayoress also met the team and took a tour around the hotel and the Mayor said: “Everyone is commenting on how good the new hotel looks.

“It will be a first-class addition to the tourism economy in Fylde and a boost to restaurants, pubs and shops in the area.

“The hotel chain is known for its quality and keen prices which should keep tourists coming all year round.

“I wish the hotel and its staff well and am confident it represents a huge step in the right direction for Fylde’s tourism industry.”

Lytham St Annes Travelodge is being managed by local boy Ben Tipping, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years.

He said: “Not in my wildest dreams did I think I would one day be making history by opening the first budget hotel in my home town. I am confident that Lytham St Annes Travelodge will become one of the Company’s best performing hotels in the country.”

The hotel’s new team of 15 staff members have all been recruited via the Job Centre Plus Scheme – which helps the long term unemployed back into work.