Helping visitors to find their way

First published in Letters by

MIKE LAYCOCK'S report, Lost in York... Where’s the Minster? (The Press, December 29), highlights the difficulty visitors to this beautiful city have in finding their way around.

It seems as though with budgets forever being squeezed, Visit York and the council will not be able to resolve this situation in the near future.

The Friends of York Walls intend to have volunteer city guides operating around the city centre offering friendly advice and directions to visitors. We hope to have them in place for this summer season.

I would like to make a plea for volunteers and sponsors for this service.

If you think you can spare a couple of hours or so and have a good knowledge of the city’s attractions and places of interest please contact me at We would also appreciate sponsors of this service.

May I take this opportunity to wish a happy New Year to all our volunteers, followers and friends.

Keith Myers, Acomb, York.


• TWENTY years ago (my first time in Ireland), I stood on the steps up to Galway Cathedral and was asked for directions to Galway Cathedral.

Turning and spreading my arms, I said: “Here it is!” The cathedral had become a tourist attraction as the then Bishop Casey was found out to have a girlfriend and a son.

DM Deamer, Penleys Grove Street, York.

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