Kirkby Lonsdale’s Tourism and Town Manager, Mrs Sarah Ross, is leaving after almost four years in the job.
The Chairman of the CIC, town councillor Allan Muirhead, said: ‘Sarah has been hugely successful while with us. Her work has ensured that Kirkby Lonsdale is now a must-visit holiday destination while, at the same time, the town continues to be economically viable and attractive to its residents.’
Mrs Ross, who lives in High Biggins, was instrumental in achieving the transfer of visitor information and gift shop facilities to a more central position at the former HSBC bank building on Main Street.
That move brought three new businesses and several jobs to the town.
She master-minded a new Christmas market and fair which saw Market Square populated by wooden chalets over a December weekend, offering traditional gifts, crafts, and food. The event, which includes a Santa parade, has become a fixture in the town’s events calendar, attracting literally thousands of visitors to the town in the run-up to Christmas.
Coun Muirhead added: ‘Sarah, who leaves us at the end of June, has always been strongly motivated in her community work, encouraging volunteers who keep the information and gift shop open seven days a week, bringing in traders to develop our weekly Charter market and
ensuring our public conveniences in Jingling Lane and Devil’s Bridge are fit for purpose.
‘We wish her well in whatever new venture she pursues. We know she’ll make a success of it. We’ll be advertising shortly to fill this important position in the town.’