CHRIS Brown, town crier and Anthony Oliver, former town mayor and chairman of the Minster’s tourism committee were on hand to say 'thank you and goodbye' to the Wimborne Tourist Information staff last Saturday when the information centre closed in its present form. Chris and Anthony were responsible for launching the petition back in August to try and save the centre from closing. The petition gathered 5,136 signatures but this failed to sway East Dorset District Council and with funding removed apart from that of the manager the centre looked like closing.
However the Priest's House Museum, situated next door, the centre will continue and it re-opened on Monday with the manager Lindsay Lawrence running it with a team of volunteers. Lindsay will be funded by East Dorset District Council for three years whilst the trustees of the Priest's House Museum will have overall control.
"It is a sad day,” said Anthony Oliver on Saturday, who with Chris Brown, paid tribute to the staff and to the East Dorset Tourism Officer Rachel Limb.
He said: “All of them have done a wonderful job over many years.We just hope that the new set up which will be ably run by Lindsay will carry on the good work of the former paid staff. Two members of staff have re-located to the district council offices whilst another has secured a job elsewhere.Three others, including Rachel Limb, are being made redundant.”