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The seaside town is expecting train and busloads of Scots fleeing hardline rules on Hogmanay parties

 

Blackpool pubs and hotels are anticipating a wave of Scots guests for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The seaside town is expecting busloads of Glaswegians fleeing hardline rules on Hogmanay parties.

When the first lockdown lifted, Blackpool was a popular destination for people looking to enjoy themselves with less severe Covid-19 restrictions.

The Sutcliffe Hotel, also in Blackpool, is expecting around 35 Scots to visit.

Owner Michael Topping, 61, said: “We’re focused on trying to make it as covid safe as possible.

“We have had a few cancellations but we’ve got 35 coming in from Scotland.

“They’re getting the bus down.

“Most of them are aged 30 upwards, the majority are in their 50s.

“Most of them have been before.”

The Ruskin Hotel in Blackpool said several Glaswegians had booked for New Year.

A worker, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “We’ve got a few Glaswegians coming in but not a massive amount.”

Kelly Humphries, 50, landlady of the Mitre pub in Blackpool, said the town saw an influx of Scots seeking to escape tougher restrictions at the end of the first lockdown – and she thought the same may happen at New Year’s Eve.

Kelly said: “We will probably see that on New Year’s Eve.

“It’s hard for us to say because we don’t do bookings.

“There could be some last minute, at the end of the first lockdown there were a few people who traveled down from Scotland because the restrictions weren’t as bad as there.

“Whether it will be the same we don’t know.”