Meeters and greeters wanted

Margaret McHugh serves customers at the Christmas Farmers Market
Margaret McHugh serves customers at the Christmas Farmers Market

The new co-ordinator to meet cruise ships in Picton is looking for volunteers to help her greet visitors.

Margaret McHugh has been appointed Meet and Greet manager and is looking for help in welcoming the 34,000 cruise ship passengers expected in Picton this summer.

There has been some disagreement in Picton over who should meet passengers off cruise ships. A group called the Picton Ambassadors, led by EcoWorld owner John Reuhman, greeted passengers las summer season, doubling up with the Destination Marlborough co-ordinated volunteers. That has since been resolved, with the formation of the Picton Meet and Greet Volunteers.

Now that volunteer group, in association with Destination Marlborough, is looking for people to donate as much of their time as they like to welcome visitors and introduce them to Marlborough from October to April.

Volunteers will wear red uniforms with an "i" for information on the back and "Picton: Coolest Little Port Town" on the front to be donated by Port Marlborough.

They will greet visitors as they get off each of the 20 cruise ships expected into the port, show them where the i-SITE is to book any travel plans, and take them on a walking-bus tour of Picton.

Ms McHugh said anybody willing to spend their time having a chat and making someone feel welcome was welcome to sign up. People interested in getting involved can contact her on (03) 573 6675.

The Marlborough Express