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East Yorkshire tourist attractions' bank holiday boost

Bridlington harbour
Image caption Many of Bridlington's hotels were fully booked over the weekend

East Yorkshire tourist attractions have reported an increase in visitor numbers over the Easter weekend.

People working in the tourism sector said that the rise was down to a combination of sunny weather and two consecutive weekends of public holidays.

One hotel owner in Bridlington claimed it was the resort's busiest Easter for more than 30 years.

Other attractions away from the coast also saw an increase in visitors.

Burton Constable Hall, near Skirlaugh in East Yorkshire, reported that numbers of visitors were double that of a normal weekend.

Peter Davison, chairman of the Bridlington Hotels and Guest House Association, said most of his member's hotels were fully booked over the Easter weekend, and described the town as "absolutely heaving".

Michelle Wright runs an ice cream stall by Bridlington seafront.

She said: "This year we were actually dreading it because with the recession and people losing their jobs and everything. We were going in to it with a little bit of trepidation really.

"The sun came out for us and it saved the day. It's amazing."

Temperatures in parts of East Yorkshire reached 20C (68F) over the weekend. The Met Office said it was the hottest Easter since 1984.

According to figures provided by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, tourism earned the region £615m last year, and the sector employs 15,000 people locally.

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