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VIDEO: Rick Stein joins Cornwall's 'open for business' campaign

By DaveCDM  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

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CELEBRITY chef Rick Stein has leant his weight to a campaign to reassure potential visitors that Cornwall remians open for business despite the extreme weather.

The Padstow and Falmouth based businessman features in a short video which focuses on things to do during next weeks half-term school holiday.

It was commissioned by tourism company Visit Cornwall, and hopes to persuade people the county has not actually been cut off by the storms.

Mr Stein said: “The way the storms have been reported it almost seems as if Cornwall is shut off.

"I did a little tweet the other day saying that it is a lovely day in Padstow and that I had been for a swim, my wife rang me up and questioned if I should be saying this at this terrible time – but why not?

"Cornwall is as beautiful as ever and there’s no reason why people shouldn’t come and enjoy it.”

Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall, added: “Whilst some parts of Cornwall have taken a battering and the damage to the rail network is causing some travel disruption, it needs to be stressed that all other travel links into Cornwall are running as normal – in fact they are thriving, with the number of flights between London Gatwick and Newquay Cornwall Airport doubling to six a day from Wednesday.

“The small areas affected are very localised and being used to this weather, our businesses are being characteristically resilient and dusting themselves off.

"Cornwall is very much open for business and raring to go - February half-term is a great time to visit.”

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  • Pinkboots  |  February 21 2014, 8:19PM

    Cornwall might be "open for business" and we came willing to support your local economy but visitors are being treated with total disdain by Cornwall County Council. Almost ALL of the public toilets (except some we found in Padstow run by the town council) are CLOSED. You want visitors to come and spend pounds but certainly don't want them to spend pennies! I have seen visitors peeing in bushes, distressed elderly people unable to find toilets and God help disabled visitors as even the RADAR key locks have been removed. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE sort this out Cornwall, our family won't be back in a hurry if the County Council doesn't even see fit to meet this most basic of needs.

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  • Big_Ger  |  February 11 2014, 8:46PM

    Good for him!

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