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A former Canterbury High School pupil is returning to the city to take the helm of one of Kent’s most popular attractions.
Lyndsay Ridley, 30, has been appointed as general manager of The Canterbury Tales. She joins the award-winning attraction from London’s Barbican Centre, Europe’s largest multi-arts centre, where she was responsible for operations and venue management.
Prior to that Lyndsay spent seven years working with English Heritage, where she played a key role in launching the ‘Secret Wartime Tunnels – Rescue from Dunkirk’ attraction at Dover Castle. She has also worked with The Luna Cinema, the UK’s leading producer of open air cinema events staged at top venues including Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace.
Kevin Smith, Director of Attractions at Continuum, the leading visitor attractions group which operates The Canterbury Tales, said: “Lyndsay demonstrated during her interview process a real passion not only for The Canterbury Tales but also the city as a whole.
“Her experience in a variety of customer facing roles with leading operators will prove to be the perfect education to enable her to drive The Canterbury Tales forward, working closely with local stakeholders and key influencers.”
Speaking about her appointment, Lyndsay added: “I am very proud and excited to be returning to my home town where I will be able to make a significant contribution to the continued success of The Canterbury Tales attraction.
“This year will see us further expand on our costumed character element of the experience and events programme, including open-air theatre performances of Shakespeare’s Two Noble Kinsmen.”