A HISTORIC Barnsley hotel has won new business worth more than £70,000 after its first visit to an international tourism trade fair.

Wortley Hall has taken its first block bookings for coach trip holidays after attending the 'Best of Britain and Ireland Exhibition' (BOBI) in Birmingham earlier this year.

The eight midweek coach trips over the next 12 months represent a new income stream for the established hotel, set within a stately home.

Wortley Hall, once home to the Earls of Wharncliffe, was sold to local socialists and transformed into a rural retreat for working people in the 1950s.

General manager Johnathan da Rosa said: "We look forward to welcoming groups of guests from all over the country and overseas."