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Could you be a heritage guide in Great Yarmouth?

PUBLISHED: 14:22 27 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:22 27 February 2016

Great Yarnouth Borough Council wants to recruit around ten new heritage guides to the team that conducts guided walks over the summr. Pictured is one of the guides in action around the town, revealing hidden corners and nuggets of nostalgia.

Great Yarnouth Borough Council wants to recruit around ten new heritage guides to the team that conducts guided walks over the summr. Pictured is one of the guides in action around the town, revealing hidden corners and nuggets of nostalgia.

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Volunteers who would like to share their passion for the history of Great Yarmouth can find out more at a recruitment day for heritage guides.

The Fisherman's Hospital in Great Yarmouth's Market Place is one of the town's heritage gems and one of the buildings that gets top billing on the guided walks that take place over the summer.The Fisherman's Hospital in Great Yarmouth's Market Place is one of the town's heritage gems and one of the buildings that gets top billing on the guided walks that take place over the summer.

Every year, between May and October, Great Yarmouth Borough Council runs a programme of fascinating guided heritage walks to historic buildings and other places of interest, which are led by fully-trained guides, and around ten more are needed.

To supplement the current core of about nine guides, the borough council, in partnership with Norfolk County Council’s Norfolk Community Learning Services, is holding a recruitment day to enable people to find out more about the free training course.

On Wednesday, March 9, two separate sessions will be held in the Atrium, in the Town Hall from 10am to noon and from 1pm to 3pm.

At the event people will be able to meet representatives of the borough council’s tourism department and Norfolk Community Learning Services, as well as the course tutors and existing heritage guide, Len Vincent.

The course will be held every Wednesday from April 13 to June 22, from 10am to 3.30pm, with a 30-minute lunch break.

It will involve a morning session in a tutorial environment, with the afternoon spent either being taken on one of the existing walks or visiting a local museum.

Cllr Barry Coleman, the deputy council leader, who is also a heritage champion for the borough and former heritage guide, said: “The guided heritage walks have run annually for about 15 years and have opened the eyes of hundreds of residents and visitors to the borough’s rich cultural heritage.

“The walks support the council’s commitment to work with partners to conserve, enhance and gain national recognition for the borough’s extensive cultural heritage, furthering efforts to broaden the tourism offer, support the local economy and create jobs.

“And from a personal viewpoint, if you have a genuine knowledge and enthusiasm for the borough’s history, and a passion for sharing this with others, then being a heritage guide is a very rewarding volunteer role.”

Last year, there were three main walks running regularly throughout the season: Rows, Fishwives and Body Snatchers, the Medieval Town Wall, and South Quay and St George’s.

People interested in attending the recruitment day are asked to call Gilly Plumb, of Norfolk Community Learning Services, on 07733 018250.

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