Chamber hoping new sign will send more trade Eyemouth’s way

Sina Anderson and Anne McNeil try out the QR code on the newly installed tourist information board at the A1 border lay-by. Funded by Eyemouth and District Community and Development Trust to encourage passing visitors to the town as they arrive in Scotland.
Sina Anderson and Anne McNeil try out the QR code on the newly installed tourist information board at the A1 border lay-by. Funded by Eyemouth and District Community and Development Trust to encourage passing visitors to the town as they arrive in Scotland.

IT has been a long held ambition for many organisations in Eyemouth to put the town and surrounding villages on the map and some new signage could go a very long way to pointing more people to what the district has to offer.

Thanks to the hard work of members of Eyemouth Chamber of Trade and Eyemouth and District Community Development Trust (formally Eyemouth Initiative) anyone who stops on the northbound A1 layby will be able to cast their eye over a new sign highlighting what there is to see and do in Eyemouth, Coldingham and St Abbs.

The Chamber of Trade and Development Trust have worked alongside Visit Scotland, graphic designer Richard Kendrick and architect Allan Swan for the sign, with the Chamber paying for for the production of the panels, the new acrylic and the painting of its exterior.

And members Anne McNeil and Sina Anderson both agreed that finally having the sign there was well worth all of the effort.

“The overall aim of the Development Trust is to improve and promote Eyemouth,” Anne commented.

“Having lived in London for 20 years the first thing I noticed when I came back to the area was how lovely it was but it doesn’t really sell itself.”

“Groups in the town have been looking at better signage to attract visitors for some time,” Sina added.

“Stopping at the layby in Lamberton is many people’s first experience of Scotland and we want people to know that there is a huge amount for them to do in the Eyemouth district.

“Eyemouth is out on a limb geographically with people often by-passing it on the way to Dunbar and Edinburgh; hopefully the sign will encourage them to call in.”

The new sign doesn’t individually name businesses, but rather promotes the Eyemouth area as a whole and links the viewer directly to www.visiteyemouth.com highlighting activities and historical and cultural points of interest. A new SBC interpretation board was also installed at Lamberton earlier this week.