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Company planning to re-open Hunstanton hotel, councillors told

There is new hope that a prominent Hunstanton hotel could soon be welcoming guests again, according to one of the town's councillors.

The Golden Lion Hotel, which overlooks The Green, ceased trading in May following the collapse of its parent company, the Specialist Leisure Group, which owned big name travel brands including Shearings.

But a special town council meeting last night was told that the site is among 40 which were closed at that time which are being taken on by the Warrington-based company, Bespoke Hotels.

Golden Lion Hotel in Hunstanton.. (35259846)
Golden Lion Hotel in Hunstanton.. (35259846)

The company already runs dozens of hotels around the world, including sites in the Middle East and one overlooking the 18th green at the famous Carnoustie golf course, which is one of the clubs which hosts the prestigious Open Championship, in Scotland.

Andrew Jamieson, who also represents the town at Norfolk County Council, told his colleagues he had arranged to meet senior representatives of the company in the coming weeks to hear more about their plans.

He said: "They’re going to start to renovate that in the very near future. There will be security on site."

He added that the building was believed to be in better condition than many of the other hotels affected by the announcement.

Town mayor Tony Bishopp welcomed the development, having earlier said he hoped the building would not be empty for an extended period.

He said: "That's really good news. It is a very, very important building to the town."

Geoffrey Smith said he had also seen a sign on a door which hinted it was hoped the hotel could re-open soon.

The news follows speculation in recent days that the pub chain J D Wetherspoon was interested in acquiring the site.

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