Cinque Port Mayors gather for launch of Rye Visitor Guide

MAYORS from across the Cinque Ports towns will be helping to launch the Official Visitors Guide to Rye Bay on Saturday.

They will be gathering at Rye Town Hall at 2pm and will include Rye’s own Mayor Shaun Rogers.

Guest of honour will be Priscilla Ryan, wife of the late John Ryan, who created one of Rye’s best loved characters Captain Pugwash.

The guide is published by Rye Bay Marketing Group and gives comprehensive information about accommodation in Rye and the surrounding area and local attractions and places of interest.

Captain Pugwash is the mascot for this year’s guide and Rye Bay Marketing chairman Paul King said: “Selecting John and his much loved Captain Pugwash was a simple and popular choice, John was a true classic Gentleman; loved by all who knew him.”

Paul continued: “I can say we have never had so many people showing an interest in the Launch of the Official Rye Guide.

“Our aims are to raise the profile of Rye Bay within the Cinque Ports area; to leverage John Ryan’s extensive work with the BBC which is translated into languages beyond our shores as a means of promoting tourism in the Rye Bay Area and the Cinque Ports and to raise the profile of the Cinque Ports as a viable multi destination short break or longer vacation in the South East to both UK and Near Europe visitors.

“We want to maximise the exposure of the Rye Bay Area and are also engaging with the Cinque Ports Association and various other strategic cross border partners.

The guide will be available from Rye Heritage Centre and other outlets and businesses around the town.

Rye Bay Marketing is a not for profit Company established to ethically promote tourism in the Rye Bay Area.

You can see the Rye Guide online at