As I said in a previous blog I was shortlisted for the finals of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. This prestigious event was held last night at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. It recognised excellence across the whole range of the tourist industry celebrating the fantastic work businesses do. I was in the Taste of England category and I was delighted to receive a Highly Commended award. It was a great achievement to be recognised as one of the top five in the country and to fly the flag for Tynemouth and the North East. Here’s me with my award last night.