Smartphone app to share village’s past

DIALLED IN: Tourist Information Centre worker Lisa Francis.
DIALLED IN: Tourist Information Centre worker Lisa Francis.

Lavenham has gone hi-tech in a bid to give more to its many tourists.

Hidden within the village’s adopted telephone box is a free wifi hub from which passers-by can download a mobile app that gives a comprehensive guide of the area.

The app contains an interactive map with 16 historic sites included, allowing the user to read or listen to information, or view pictures.

The app went live last week, in time for the busy bank holiday weekend and the many tourists expected to visit the village’s crooked, half-timbered houses and fine restaurants.

“We are generally trying to improve the welcome we give to visitors,” said one of the app’s creators, parish councillor Roy Whitworth.

“We want to ensure that people have an enjoyable time when they get here.

“It’s not just about the eating and drinking, we’ve got a lot of history here, too.”

Mr Whitworth said that it was the first time, that he knew of, that such an idea had taken place and was hopeful that it would be successful in promoting the village’s tourism trade.

The app is available on the Apple and Android app stores.