Press Release – Immediate.
Somerset Stages returns to Minehead.
Minehead Vision Manager Stephen Hooper announced this week that the Somerset Stages rally is
returning to the town and will be given centre stage. The 2015 event is to run from the YMCA
Beach Hotel, the station and seafront carparks. The rally takes place on the 18th April and
competitors and competing cars arrive in Minehead on the 17th April to be scrutineered and
prepared for the rally on the following day. It is planned to have a ceremonial start in Minehead on
the Friday evening. The event will be celebrating its 35th year with teams from across the UK and
overseas visiting West Somerset to compete on 10 Special Stages in the forests on Exmoor and
two stages on the Porlock Toll Road.
YMCA Beach Hotel Manager Dave Jackson said ” Historically the rally was always based at the
Beach Hotel and we are very excited to have got them back here. It will be an exciting event for the
town and we hope it will bring in lots of visitors”
Stephen Hooper added ” Somerset County Council have been very supportive in allowing us to
use the Station Carpark and this is a great example of accommodation providers proactively
creating overnight stays. The Minehead Events Group are working with the Rally Organisers to
ensure the two days are a new highlight in the towns calendar. This will be a big boost to the towns
economy during an off peak period.”
Somerset Stages Organiser Howard West said ” We will do everything we can to make sure that
event is enjoyed by the people of Minehead and that many weekend visitors will fill all the hotels
and guest houses in the surrounding area.”
Minehead Vision Team comprises the Vision Manager Stephen Hooper, Dan Cross, an advanced
apprentice, combined with partners and volunteers who are tasked to deliver five strands of the
Minehead Vision Action Plan.
The posts are hosted by Minehead Development Trust (http://mineheaddevelopmenttrust.co.uk/ )
Minehead Vision Group, which oversees the work and developments, comprises stakeholders from
a wide range of local Community Groups and Local Authority representatives who have combined
and consulted on actions needed to regenerate Community, Commerce and Culture in Minehead
and District. The result is the Minehead Vision Action Plan, currently approaching the end of its first
phase of delivery, which sets out priorities and actions for regeneration in Minehead.
Numerous other elements of the Minehead Vision Action Plan also intended to address deprivation
and economic issues in Minehead are delivered by the Vision Team with allocations from the
Seaside Strategy Funding by West Somerset Council and matched funding from various bodies.
Somerset Stages Rally – email@example.com
Stephen Hooper: Vision Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org
Corinne Matthews: West Somerset Council Economic Regeneration Officer – email@example.com