Retiring Sidmouth Information Centre boss is thanked

CIVIC leaders this week said a “very big thank-you” to Sidmouth Information Centre’s long-serving manager - who is set to retire next month.

Ian Cole has been in charge at the Ham Lane hub for 14 years and will bow out from his duties on March 2.

Town councillors paid tribute to Ian’s dedication and commitment - and said he ‘had tourism in his blood’ - when they handed him an honorary plaque on Monday night, pictured.

“When I took the job I expected to stay two or three years – I’ve been here 14. I’ve enjoyed it,” said Ian.

He praised a “great team” of staff and the help he’s had from the council and the town clerk.

“I know they will carry on providing a great service for Sidmouth,” said Ian.

Simon Pollentine, chairman of tourism on the council, said: “Over many years of service Ian has been the public face of the information centre.

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“It has been to his very great credit, and our benefit, he has been there to carry on that job in his inimitable and efficient style.

“You will be a very, very hard act to follow, Ian, we will miss you perhaps more than we realise.”

Council chairman Stuart Hughes said of former bank manager Ian: “This background work has meant he has been instrumental in introducing money making products in the information centre over the years.

“Going that extra mile has made Ian so vital to the town. You’re certainly going to be missed,” added Cllr Hughes.