Settle All Set to Become UK’s First Rainbow Town

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The Yorkshire Dales market town of Settle is set to become the UK’s first ‘Rainbow Town’ once lockdown is lifted and businesses are permitted to open.

The initiative is due to go live as soon as government restrictions are lifted. And it’ll see local businesses re-opening with special discounts and offers for frontline NHS staff and care workers. It’s an ongoing practical ‘thankyou’ to them as the town re-opens to visitors.

Already 25 businesses in Settle have signed up to the scheme with more joining every day. Offers will be available from traders displaying the Settle Rainbow Town logo on their website or premises. And no doubt more firms will be getting involved as we edge closer to something resembling more normal.

Settle Rainbow

“Several initiatives”

Frontline NHS staff and care workers will be entitled to a number of benefits. They’ll receive free entry to The Folly Museum, and money off at Cottontail Crafts. They’ll also be able to get a 10% reduction on a stay at Woodlands House. A full list of participating businesses and offer details are displayed on the town’s website at visitsettle.co.uk.

David Sexton of Woodlands House first suggested the Rainbow Town concept. It’s being co-ordinated through Vibrant Settle, a community partnership in the North Craven market town. And the idea behind it spearheads several initiatives to support the local economy including the popular annual Settle Flowerpot Festival.

He explains: “While countless businesses throughout the country are offering special deals and discounts for NHS and other key workers, we thought it would be great if Settle businesses not only joined in, but also progressed the idea further and co-ordinated our efforts to form the first Rainbow Town. Individual shops, accommodation and hospitality providers along with many others have come together to give frontline health and care workers a meaningful thank-you which will be a positive legacy of COVID19 going forward.”

Steve Amphlett, of Visit Settle, said: “This is a great way to show appreciation for these critical workers when businesses are permitted to reopen. For now though, most of the town remains closed. And visitors are requested to respect our residents by following the government rules on travel and social distancing.”

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