Luke Johnston tackles local tourism

Luke Johnston, a student at The Whitehaven Academy, has taken matters into his own hands to promote his home town after the local tourist information centre was closed.

Luke set up his own website  to promote the seaside town which includes facts and features on Whitehaven, a what’s on guide and a directory of local businesses – the site has received over 20,000 hits in the last year.

Whitehaven is a fantastic town with plenty of attractions and landmarks and, as a member of the Whitehaven Action Group, Luke is keen to promote the positive side of Whitehaven.

The website isn’t the only project Luke has been working on; he is also in the middle of organising a town centre market after admitting the town’s market was an “embarrassment” and said he wanted to revive the interest among traders and shoppers.

As well as having around 15 stalls – all west Cumbrian traders – Luke has also organised entertainment, including dance groups and theatre performances for three separate events.

The first market event took place on Saturday 12th July and the next two will be held on Saturday 9th August and Saturday 12th September.

For more information, visit Luke’s new website www.visit-whitehaven.co.uk.