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Caithness News Bulletins November 2003
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DOUNREAY RECORDS 41 PER CENT INCREASE IN VISITOR NUMBERS
A 41 per cent increase in visitors to the Dounreay Exhibition has made the 2003 season one of the most popular for many years.
Almost 8,000 people passed through the doors of the Highlands' latest four-star visitor attraction since it opened in May.
Left To Right Helen Mackay, Visitor Centre Guide; Jim Kannard, LMU; Jayne
Henderson, Visitor Centre Guide; Tina Wrighton, Visitor Centre Manager
The centre tells the pioneering story of the UK's fast reactor experiment and explains the site's new role at the forefront of Britain's nuclear decommissioning programme. Admission to the centre is free and trained guides provide visitors with answers to any questions they may have about the site.
UKAEA's Tina Wrighton, who manages the visitor centre, said: "Like many local attractions the centre has benefited from the wonderful weather the Highlands has experienced this year and the fact that we are now established as a four-star visitor attraction has definitely helped our visitor numbers.
"This year we have attracted many coach parties, school children and foreign visitors to the centre, with visitors of all ages coming to learn about our 50-60-year programme of work to decommission the Dounreay site and restore its environment. The visitor centre is an important part of our ongoing commitment to be open and honest about the work we do.
Casia Zajac, Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board communications manager, said: "It's an excellent achievement to increase visitor numbers by this level, particularly in an area that many perceive as remote. HOST has been marketing the north with campaigns such as Escape To The Edge, Walkingwild and activity round the annular solar eclipse which dovetail nicely with Dounreay's own marketing. Well done to everyone involved"
Mr Jim Kannard had the distinction of being the last person to visit the centre before it closed for the winter. Mr Kannard, part of the Liabilities Management Unit that has been set up by the Government to prepare the ground for the proposed Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, said: "The important history of the Dounreay site is well communicated by the exhibition. Dounreay has a history and future that needs a good balanced view by all stakeholders."