Parking costs a 'deterrent'
PUBLISHED: 10:55 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:39 15 June 2010
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VISITOR numbers to Allhallows Museum, in Honiton, fell by more than 3,000 this year but the attraction's trustees and volunteers are not disheartened.
VISITOR numbers to Allhallows Museum, in Honiton, fell by more than 3,000 this year - but the attraction's trustees and volunteers are not disheartened.In fact, the museum bucked a regional trend that saw tourist attractions lose an average of 25 per cent of their income in 2008.The downturn in income at Allhallows was just 13.3 per cent.Addressing an annual luncheon, held to thank volunteers at the end of the season, the museum's chairman of trustees, Pat Perryman, said: "Visitor figures for 2008 are 7,417, down 3,016 on last year."Considering the present economic climate, and the cost of car parking in the town, which is a big deterrent to visitors, we should not get too disheartened."Mrs Perryman told those attending last Thursday's lunch, held in the Mackarness Hall, that the cost of car parking in Honiton is "quite a big problem"."May be we've got another year next year when we've got to keep the flag flying," she added.Mrs Perryman thanked volunteers on behalf of the museum committee for all their time and hard work. She also thanked Val and Lyn for preparing a finger buffet and desserts.The gift shop at Allhallows Museum is a vital source of funding for the attraction.So far this year, the shop has taken £15,000 - a fantastic achievement.But, with the museum's running costs averaging at £22.50-a-day, volunteers need to turn around a profit of £44 every day the gift shop is open - to make up for days when the attraction is closed - so the museum breaks even.ALLHALLOWS Museum will start its 2009 season on April 6. Volunteers will be given a preview of the season's displays on March 26.
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