Chester's gone Pokemon crazy...

At the risk of sounding like my actual age, I don’t really understand Pokemon. I certainly don’t understand Pokemon Go.

But 20,000 visitors to Chester did a couple of weeks ago - and to be honest – that’s the important thing.

If you were in town on that Saturday and Sunday, you would have seen it packed with visitors of all ages: families, children and yes some adults as well, who, between trying to catch Pokemons on their phone, were able to enjoy the sights our city has to offer.

I even saw the Leader of the Council, Samantha Dixon, getting in on the act! She’d only got to level 5, but it was five more than me.

Some food shops emptied their shelves, you couldn’t get a hotel room all weekend. It has been estimated that an extra £3 million was spent in Chester over course of the weekend. 

All of this was the brainchild of the brilliant Dean Paton, who runs Big Heritage, a company that combines tourism with event management, history and culture, to promote all we have here in Chester.

You may remember Dean making national headlines last year with the photos of the spooky plague doctor haunting the rows at night – which turned out to be Dean promoting his “Sick to Death” museum of medical history.

The Pokemon event was another success for Dean and his team. He made the most of the newly opened castle, and hopefully 20,000 visitors will go home telling their friends and family how they must also visit beautiful, historic Chester.

I see that Big Heritage have just taken over the Western Command military bunker from World War Two, under the University’s Queen’s Park complex. I have no doubt that Dean will make a success of that too.

There are plenty of people in Chester with huge talent, drive and creativity. Combine this with a group of brilliant officers in our local council, who do lots of work behind the scenes to make these things happen, and we end up with a real recipe for success in our city. 

And this is how I see my role: bringing people together, working in partnership – getting things done. Let’s keep going.

At the risk of sounding like my actual age, I don’t really understand Pokemon. I certainly don’t understand Pokemon Go.

But 20,000 visitors to Chester did a couple of weeks ago - and to be honest – that’s the important thing.

If you were in town on that Saturday and Sunday, you would have seen it packed with visitors of all ages: families, children and yes some adults as well, who, between trying to catch Pokemons on their phone, were able to enjoy the sights our city has to offer.

I even saw the Leader of the Council, Samantha Dixon, getting in on the act! She’d only got to level 5, but it was five more than me.

Some food shops emptied their shelves, you couldn’t get a hotel room all weekend. It has been estimated that an extra £3 million was spent in Chester over course of the weekend.

All of this was the brainchild of the brilliant Dean Paton, who runs Big Heritage, a company that combines tourism with event management, history and culture, to promote all we have here in Chester.

You may remember Dean making national headlines last year with the photos of the spooky plague doctor haunting the rows at night – which turned out to be Dean promoting his “Sick to Death” museum of medical history.

The Pokemon event was another success for Dean and his team. He made the most of the newly opened castle, and hopefully 20,000 visitors will go home telling their friends and family how they must also visit beautiful, historic Chester.

I see that Big Heritage have just taken over the Western Command military bunker from World War Two, under the University’s Queen’s Park complex. I have no doubt that Dean will make a success of that too.

There are plenty of people in Chester with huge talent, drive and creativity. Combine this with a group of brilliant officers in our local council, who do lots of work behind the scenes to make these things happen, and we end up with a real recipe for success in our city.

And this is how I see my role: bringing people together, working in partnership – getting things done. Let’s keep going.

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