Hello sunshine as beaches packed and business booms
BLAZING weather made this Bank Holiday the “best in years” for businesses across the Swansea and Gower coast.
Sunbathers, surfers and swimmers made the most of the sunshine — bringing buckets, spades and much needed visitors to the award-winning beaches and surrounding businesses.
Camelia Fragiacomo, owner of the Langland Brasserie, said: “With this weather we have been doing fantastically. This is the first summer bank holiday we have had with complete sunshine all day — which makes a lot of difference.
“The restaurant was full, the terrace was full and the beach was full. This is the best bank holiday weekend we’ve had for years.”
By late morning, Langland, Caswell and Swansea Bay beaches were swarming with people hoping to make the most of the long weekend.
At Llangennith surfers took to the waves in droves while walkers swarmed over the hillsides. For those with ice-cream on the menu, the queues stayed long throughout the day.
Daniel Gilmour, of Verdi’s Cafe in Mumbles, said: “We’re very busy at the moment, and have been really busy all over the bank holiday weekend.
“It’s much better this year than it was last year, or even the year before, because we didn’t have the weather. We knew it would be a nice bank holiday, so we were well prepared.”
Tourists also flooded into the area for the summer bank holiday, booking up hotels and holiday accommodation in advance to secure their places.
Veronica Short, owner of the Worm’s Head Hotel, said: “We were fully booked up before the bank holiday, but trade has been up a lot this year. The car park is very busy, and there are loads of people walking past with their surfboards and little dinghies.”