VISITORS to Weston-super-Mare will be greeted by a team of Olympics-style welcome hosts this summer as the town lays down the welcome mat.

The Somerset seaside resort has recruited a team of meeters and greeters to make visitors feel at home as soon as they arrive.

Weston-super-Mare’s Town Clerk, Malcolm Nicholson,  said: “London 2012 had its celebrated Games Makers and now we’ve got our team of ‘Holiday-Makers’ to welcome people.

“In the past, people always had to come and find our tourist information centre now we go out and bring it to them. It couldn’t be simpler for our visitors. We want to get out there and help what we hope will be record numbers of people this summer.”

With the return of the town’s spectacular free two-day airshow over Armed Forces weekend (June 25 and 26) and other popular events like the carnival back on the calendar, the Holiday-Makers Welcome Hosts, in their distinctive yellow and blue uniforms with illuminated ‘here to help’ backpacks, can expect to be in demand.

As well as dispensing tourist information, the Holiday-Maker Welcome Hosts, who will patrol the town on foot and also in electric tuk tuks, will be on hand as friendly faces or simply there as somebody for people to chat to.

Mr Nicholson said: “We know that for many people this will be their first holiday or break since the pandemic started. Some will have tragically lost loved ones and some will be re-building their confidence again after being stuck at home. Our Welcome Hosts will be here to help them make the most of their visit to Weston-super-Mare .”