Boost for Say Yes to Better Broadband campaign at Holkham Hall open day

An extra 100 people backed the Say Yes to Better Broadband campaign at Holkham Hall this afternoon.

The push for support took place during today's preview for the North Norfolk estate's new season.

Hundreds of villagers and people from further afield attended the event.

Marie Strong, county councillor for the Wells division, collected registrations and said she was amazed at how many visitors had not heard of the campaign or were still intending to sign up.

She added: 'Folk arrived from around the county and I was delighted to see all of the Holkham team wearing Say Yes badges - from the car park attendants to the estates manager.'

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This was the final weekend for people to register their interest in the campaign, after it was launched in January by the EDP and the county council. So far more than 13,000 people have registered.

David Horton-Fawkes, estates director at Holkham Hall, said: 'We are very keen our tenants benefit from super fast Broadband. We feel it is the key to developing a sustainable economy.'

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Currently there are about 300 different tenants on the estate and 2pc of them are commercial enterprises.

Mr Horton-Fawkes added that the lack of Broadband was one of the main inhibitors in attracting new businesses to the estate.

He said it was important to have other enterprises based at Holkham other than agriculture and leisure businesses.

Every single additional sign-up to the campaign will strengthen Norfolk's case when the search begins next month to attract a private telecoms partner to match the �30m of public funding already secured.

To sign up to the campaign online visit, by calling 0344 800 8023 or by completing a printed form at any of Norfolk County Council's libraries.

The whole process takes less than two minutes and no financial details are taken.

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