Mayor visits Richmond accommodation providers

Richmond’s mayor is visiting accommodation providers in the town to find-out how they have coped with the impact of the pandemic.

Cllr Lorraine Hodgson has been out and about in the town this week speaking to guest house and B&B owners.

Cllr Hodgson, who has visited dozens of shops and businesses in the town over the last year, said she wanted to show her support to Richmond’s accommodation providers, some of which only started to take guests this week after the last lockdown.

Among those she visited was Millgate House where she spoke to Austin Lynch who runs the B&B with partner Tim Culkin.

Millgate House has won a number of awards over the years and recently featured in US magazine A Year In The English Garden.

The councillor said: “It was lovely to meet Austin who showed. Millgate House is steeped in history and the style, décor and artefacts in the house reflect its rich and fascinating heritage.

“We also had a sneaky look into the guest rooms some of which they are only starting to let again from May 17.

“The gardens will not be opening in the near future but when they are once again open I would highly recommend a visit.”

Cllr Hodgson also called in to 66 Frenchgate Guesthouse where she met owners Mick and Rachel Ritson.

The visits will be one of the last acts by Cllr Hodgson whose term as mayor ends on May 27 when the official mayor making ceremony for 2021/22 takes place.

The councillor said she had decided not to stand for another year, despite her term being disrupted by the pandemic, as there were other projects she wanted to work on, including helping the town’s primary school children find out about the workings of the council.