The Bollom family has been drawing praise from residents local to their Mumbles Pier this month, after they provided new space for an art gallery that had been left without space.
When the owner of the gallery’s former residence opted to sell the building, it began a hunt for survival that ended with an offer from the Bollom’s to take up residence along the Swansea coast.
Although there was initially trepidation about the move, the power of the pier to draw in locals and visitors places a number of potential visitors at the art lovers fingertips.
“I think all of us have done a U-turn in our thoughts. We thought, ‘Oh no’, but now we all think it is a blessing in disguise.”
Gallery volunteer Anthony Dyke told the local South Wales Evening Post: “I think all of us have done a U-turn in our thoughts. We thought, ‘Oh no’, but now we all think it is a blessing in disguise.”
The addition of a gallery will also provide Mumbles Pier with a year-round attraction that will help draw visitors to the area, even during inclement weather.
This strategy of diversifying your offering has seen many coastal sites make a push towards off-season business events, amongst other creative business ideas.