Welcome to Bristol hosts

The smell of Hart’s Bakery freshly baked bread and jam, especially free freshly baked bread and jam, will be some welcome for visitors to Bristol this morning as for one day only the bakery will have a pop-up stall on the Temple Meads forecourt.

Inside the station there is currently a welcome of a different kind from a small team of enthusiastic volunteers.

These are the Welcome to Bristol hosts, who greet people arriving into the city and hope to enhance their experience of the city and help with any questions.

The initiative was the idea of Nailsea businessman Andy Murphy, with Destination Bristol now coordinating a six-month trial.

Retired hotel manager Philip Cobbold from Southville (above left) is one of the volunteers.

68-year-old Philip was a Games Maker during the London Paralympics and will reprise that role at this month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“I love meeting people,” Philip said, in between doing just that on Wednesday morning as a steady steam of travelers passed through the station concourse.

“I have always acted as a guide for friends and relatives coming to Bristol. I just love helping.

“So far there has been a real appetite for this and it has been well appreciated, not just by visitors but by residents and by people who work here.”

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