Tourism chiefs from Canada visit Battle area

Abbey Visitors SUS-150316-114618001
Abbey Visitors SUS-150316-114618001

Local tourism received a boost when a group of Canadian tourism industry leaders visited Battle and its attractions.

The team of travel agents visited the Battle Museum, where they viewed archives showing Canadian troops stationed at Battle during World War II.

It is hoped the visit will bring more Canadian visitors to Battle

The group were then taken along the high street before being given a guided tour of Battle Abbey, which acted as Canadian Army HQ during the second world war, and the 1066 battlefield.

The Canadian delegation were shown damage from a German bomb which had miraculously travelled all the way through the Abbey gateway, narrowly missing the adjoining munitions tower which would have caused a catastrophic loss of life to Canadian servicemen.

The Canadian team, who later moved to visit Hastings, were hosted by representatives from the UK tourism board ‘Visit Britain’; Battle Museum; English Heritage;local historian Geoff Hutchinson and Huw Merriman, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Bexhill and Battle.

It is hoped that the visit will bring more Canadian visitors to the region, boosting local businesses and the tourism trade.

Huw Merriman said: “It was a delight to meet the Canadian delegation. We hope that our enthusiasm for the town will be shared by Canadian tourists who will visit Battle over the years to come.”

The visit coincides with news of a major investment programme at Battle Abbey which will see visitor facilities improved and modernised.

Currently Battle Abbey has around 110,000 visitors a year, which English Heritage says has a beneficial effect on the local economy.

Battle currently has no dedicated tourist information centre.

The only remaining walk-in tourist information centre in Rother District, based at Lion Street, in Rye, closed this month.

The Town Council and local traders have been pushing for Battle to have its own tourist information centre again as it had in the past.