First guests give thumbs-up to hostel

The first guests at the Alnwick Youth Hostel.
The first guests at the Alnwick Youth Hostel.
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ALNWICK Youth Hostel has welcomed its first guests – and to glowing reviews.

The 57-bed facility opened its doors for business last Thursday, after a six-month programme of building works to transform the Old Court House, on Green Batt.

Nine cyclists from Skelmersdale, in Lancashire, and Formby, in Merseyside, were the first official visitors last week, staying as part of their 200-mile Coast and Castles trip from Newcastle to Edinburgh.

And the group gave the hostel the thumbs-up.

Kevin Lanceley, one of the cycling party, said: “What a great facility. Comfy beds, hot showers and a hearty breakfast – just what we needed to set us up for the ride ahead. We all want to return with our families now to explore more of the area.”

The hostel, which features a bike store and cycle wash in addition to the usual hostel facilities, also welcomed guests over the Bank Holiday weekend and was almost full on Saturday and Sunday.

Hostel manager, Andrew Clarkson, said: “We were delighted with the response from our first guests and we had very, very positive feedback over the weekend too.”

The hostel is owned by Alnwick Community Development Trust and operated as part of the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) network.

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