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Blue is the colour, Thierry is his name!

Beverley businessman Thierry Condette, from T C Patisserie in Lairgate, was so convinced he wouldn’t win an award at this year’s Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards, despite being a nominated finalist, that he struck a bet with his staff. 

“If I win a REYTA you can choose what colour to dye my hair – If I don’t, you buy me a drink,” he told them. And, true to his word, when Thierry came into the Beverley FM studios the next morning, after picking up the “best cuppa” REYTA, he was sporting bright blue hair. Thierry is pictured with Morning Mix presenter Les Smith, who interviewed Thierry about his “surprise” victory.

Judges at the awards, organised by tourism body Visit Hull and East Yorkshire described T C Patisserie as “stunning” and providing what was described as “a lovely little taste of authentic France in East Yorkshire”.

There was more local success, with Broadgate Farm Cottages at Walkington winning the award for the best self-catering accommodation and children’s adventure playground William’s Den at North Cave winning the Remarkable Newcomer Award.

Ruth Rowland (left), of sponsors Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges, presents the Remarkable Self-Catering Provider/Property award to Elaine Robinson and Stephen Holtby, of Broadgate Farm Cottages

Judges described Broadgate Farm Cottages as providing “spacious eco-friendly 5 Star Gold self-catering in a perfect location with views across the Wolds yet close to historic Beverley and Hull. The owners have invested over £1m to restore the wonderful period buildings providing a business that added value to the local economy, created local jobs and helps showcase East Yorkshire beautifully.”

They described William’s Den as “a year round individually-themed day visitor attraction, designed to appeal to a broad cross section of the family visitor market. The attraction offers indoor and outdoor play, a family-friendly 120 seat restaurant, the Snack Box, a delightful gift shop and wonderful views.”

There were major highspots throughout the evening; not least the last award of the night, the Passion Award, chosen by the VHEY Board to honour the person or persons making a significant contribution to tourism in Hull and East Yorkshire. This year that honour went to the team of City of Culture Volunteers. Reading out the citation, the host for the evening, Blair Jacobs, of BBC Radio Humberside, described the volunteers as “magnificent”.

He said: “They have undoubtedly been the stars of the UK City of Culture year. Proudly wearing their uniforms, the Volunteers have been seen supporting events across the whole of Hull and East Yorkshire, providing all our visitors with the warmest of welcomes.

The Volunteers now number over 2,400; throughout 2017 they undertook 337,000 hours of volunteering, equivalent to a staggering 38.5 years, which is worth a massive £5.4m.”

A standing ovation greeted  Katy Fuller, Creative Director and joint CEO of Hull 2017, accompanied by some of the Volunteers as they came on to the stage to accept the award.

David Stubbins (far right), of sponsors VIP World, who presented the Remarkable Newcomer award to the team from William’s Den

The full results were was follows:

Remarkable Newcomer – William’s Den, North Cave

Remarkable Bed & Breakfast/Boutique Guest Accommodation – The Toll Cottage, Cottingham

Remarkable Tourism Event (under 30,000 visitors) – Hull Street Food Nights

Remarkable Self-Catering Property/Provider – Broadgate Farm Cottages, Walkington

Remarkable Restaurant – 1884 Dock Street Kitchen, Hull


Remarkable Taste of East Yorkshire – Side Oven Bakery, Foston on the Wolds

Remarkable Tourism Event (over 30,000 visitors) – Freedom Festival, Hull

Remarkable Visitor Attraction/Experience – Burton Constable Hall

HIGHLY COMMENDED – Hull New Theatre & Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park

Remarkable Cuppa – T C Patisserie, Beverley

Remarkable Business Tourism Award – Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel, Willerby


Remarkable Pub – The Head of Steam, Hull

Remarkable Holiday Park/Holiday Village – Patrington Haven Leisure Park

Remarkable Hotel – Holiday Inn, Hull Marina

Remarkable East Yorkshire Passion Award – City of Culture Volunteers