RUTHIN has a new face to promote and market the town on a local and national scale.
Denbighshire County Council and Ruthin Town Council have appointed Shelly Barratt as new Ruthin town and area community coordinator.
Ms Barratt will be responsible for coordinating the town and area’s marketing, and helping to develop what the town offers.
The position is funded by Cadwyn Clwyd who is in partnership with Denbighshire County Council and Ruthin Town Council.
Cllr and town champion Huw Hilditch Roberts said: “We are delighted to appoint Shelly there was tough competition at the interview stage but Shelly brings with her strong marketing skills, community engagement, tourism experience and sound commercial understanding. All of which are imperative to the role and essential characteristics needed to proficiently maximise the potential of our wonderful town and area.”
He added: “We’re extremely keen on seeing more locals and visitors from far and wide taking advantage of the rich history and architecture we are privileged to boast here. Shelly will be creating new events that support this vision as well as promoting already existing attractions within the town and area such as Ruthin Castle and Ruthin Art Centre. Shelly will also immediately begin working on the redevelopment of Ruthin Town and areas website; we can’t wait for the day of the big launch.”
Shelly who grew up in Ruthin has been involved with the town from a young age.
She has fond memories of the long gone family business, the Button Hole
Restaurant on Clwyd Street and remembers having to sell hot scones on the top of town for her parents on late night shopping evenings.
“I can’t wait to get started and feel honoured to be part of a town in such a beautiful location, with a rich heritage and a bespoke retail offer, it’s as near as I can get to my dream job,” she said.
Shelly’s role will act as a portal for promoting events, encouraging tourism and attracting investment. Shelly’s main focus will be coordinating an approach to market the town.
Shelly will be available at the visitor centre at the top of town to be closer to local residents and businesses, to get their views and opinions on their visions for Ruthin.
You can connect with Shelly on Ruthin Town’s Facebook too.