Town crier announces latest technology – free wifi in Barney town centre
THE oldest form of communication brushed shoulders with the latest as free wi-fi was launched in Barnard Castle.
Barnard Castle is the latest place in County Durham to benefit from free public wi-fi.
The aim is to increase footfall and encourage visitors to spend more time in the town centre as coronavirus restrictions are eased.
Funded by Durham County Council and Teesdale Action Partnership, the project will also provide another way for businesses to connect with customers, with new local apps being developed to promote special offers and encourage people to explore the town. The scheme was officially launched with the help of town crier Ian Kirkbride who announced it to shoppers. It stretches from The Bowes Museum, along Newgate and to the Market Cross. From there, it goes to the bottom of The Bank, through Market Place to Horsemarket and along Galgate.
Visitors can log on to the Connected Barnard Castle system via an online form or through social media and will be automatically re-connected on their return.
A Durham County Council spokesman said: “As well as the economic benefits free wi-fi can bring to the town the project will provide the council with valuable information through the anonymous footfall data the system collects. This can be used to identify trends and monitor the impact of changes to the high street, which the council can then use to shape future regeneration projects.”
Adam White, TAP co-ordinator, said: “Barnard Castle is a wonderful place to live, work and visit. We are delighted to support this project, which is sure to benefit Barnard Castle and the wider Teesdale area.”