Yorkies flock to residents' festival

Yorkies flock to residents' festival

CLIFFORD’S TOWER: George Gregory, ten, from Huntington, enjoys his visit to one of York’s most historic buildings

MANSION HOUSE: Denys and Margaret Woodworth take a look at the ornate features of the state room

Bedern Glaziers Studio: Chris Adams is shown around one of Britain’s oldest stained glass conservation studios by conservator Laura Tempest

WEST OFFICES: Many people took the opportunity to have a look around the new City of York Council offices in Toft Green

HOLGATE MILL: Hundreds queue to see the restored windmill

SEA LIFE SANCTUARY: This year the Scarborough attraction opened its doors as part of York Residents’ First weekend

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THOUSANDS of people braved the cold, snow and rain to enjoy the annual York Residents Festival, with many taking the chance to explore the new council offices.

The two-day event, organised by Visit York, offers free or discounted admission to a wide range of attractions and venues across York and the surrounding area, to showcase the city’s tourist appeal and thank residents for welcoming seven million tourists each year.

The new council centre at West Offices, a restored Grade II-listed building created from York’s first railway station, opens to the public in March, but visitors got a sneak peek at the 19th-century building over the weekend.

Visitors also flocked to the Mansion House to look at the largest collection of civic silver outside London, and find out about former Lord Mayors.

More than a 500 people attended the newly-refurbished Holgate Windmill, where experts demonstrated how flour is made.

Jenny Hartland, chairman of the Holgate Windmill Preservation Society, said: “It’s been unbelievable, I’ve never seen so many people. It was just amazing. They were queuing down the street.

“We were taken by surprise, but we reckon probably 500 visited the mill, which was absolutely amazing.

“Many people saw it as a taster and said they would come back on a proper open day and take their time. It was very hard work, but thrilling and created a lot of goodwill."

Outside York, venues which joined in the 18th annual event included Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary and the Kirklees Light Railway.

York Press: ABIGAIL WRIGHT, head of communications at York Theatre Royal, gives visitors a behind the scenes tour after the venue opened its doors for the York Residents Festival
Abigail Wright, head of communications at York Theatre Royal, gives visitors a behind the scenes tour after the venue opened its doors for the York Residents Festival

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11:10am Mon 28 Jan 13

dodgydavereturns says...

Yeah, I can sure see them all 'Flocking'
Glad I didn't go to any of those events, I might have been crushed in the crowds!

.>How can the press write a headline like that;
'Yorkies FLOCK to residents' festival'?
I've seen more people in a lift than those pics!
Oh sorry, it's another one of Mr Bean's stories, I should have known!
Yeah, I can sure see them all 'Flocking' Glad I didn't go to any of those events, I might have been crushed in the crowds! .>How can the press write a headline like that; 'Yorkies FLOCK to residents' festival'? I've seen more people in a lift than those pics! Oh sorry, it's another one of Mr Bean's stories, I should have known! dodgydavereturns
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11:17am Mon 28 Jan 13

roskoboskovic says...

the propaganda dept of the press is working overtime.come on,fess up people were not flocking at all.
the propaganda dept of the press is working overtime.come on,fess up people were not flocking at all. roskoboskovic
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12:21pm Mon 28 Jan 13

dodgydavereturns says...

Do you know what, it just gets worse doesn't it!
It's not flocking funny!
Do you know what, it just gets worse doesn't it! It's not flocking funny! dodgydavereturns
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12:21pm Mon 28 Jan 13

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

Hundreds queue to see the restored windmill

More like
Hundreds queue in a side street that has a finite amount of pavement space, to give PeddlingPaul a piece of their mind while on his morning search to find a traffic jam to cycle past while looking smug.
[quote]Hundreds queue to see the restored windmill[/quote] More like [quote]Hundreds queue in a side street that has a finite amount of pavement space, to give PeddlingPaul a piece of their mind while on his morning search to find a traffic jam to cycle past while looking smug.[/quote] NoNewsIsGoodNews
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12:29pm Mon 28 Jan 13

nick clogg says...

West Offices aka Galloway Towers is as big a waste of money as feared. An absolute disgrace and just to feed a few political egos!!!!
West Offices aka Galloway Towers is as big a waste of money as feared. An absolute disgrace and just to feed a few political egos!!!! nick clogg
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12:35pm Mon 28 Jan 13

ChilliPepper87 says...

Flocking? I dont think i've seen a worse residents' weekend really...
Flocking? I dont think i've seen a worse residents' weekend really... ChilliPepper87
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12:36pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Blimp says...

And now that the moaners have had their little moment of self-importance, here's what some other York residents think of the chance we had to look round some of our interesting and varied sites...

Brilliant love it! More please.
And now that the moaners have had their little moment of self-importance, here's what some other York residents think of the chance we had to look round some of our interesting and varied sites... Brilliant love it! More please. Blimp
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12:46pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Buzz Light-year says...

Miserable whiners.

I was out Saturday and Sunday. There were loads of people out visiting the events, especially considering the weather.

Better than sitting at home whining miserably.
Miserable whiners. I was out Saturday and Sunday. There were loads of people out visiting the events, especially considering the weather. Better than sitting at home whining miserably. Buzz Light-year
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12:51pm Mon 28 Jan 13

nick clogg says...

Buzz Light-year wrote:
Miserable whiners.

I was out Saturday and Sunday. There were loads of people out visiting the events, especially considering the weather.

Better than sitting at home whining miserably.
Who said folks are moaning at home. Probably sat in a council office
[quote][p][bold]Buzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: Miserable whiners. I was out Saturday and Sunday. There were loads of people out visiting the events, especially considering the weather. Better than sitting at home whining miserably.[/p][/quote]Who said folks are moaning at home. Probably sat in a council office nick clogg
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3:52pm Mon 28 Jan 13

anistasia says...

Why can't York residents go any time of the year it would make it easier for all.residents and day trippers having to wait in cold wet snowy days.if you have a York card you should be able to go any time .this would get tourists through quicker and they can then go on to other attractions and spend more.and if like me in a wheelchair not fun stuck outside drenched.but if what's said above this years residents weekend you could of got in any time.
Why can't York residents go any time of the year it would make it easier for all.residents and day trippers having to wait in cold wet snowy days.if you have a York card you should be able to go any time .this would get tourists through quicker and they can then go on to other attractions and spend more.and if like me in a wheelchair not fun stuck outside drenched.but if what's said above this years residents weekend you could of got in any time. anistasia
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4:34pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

If York residents didn't "flock" - they jolly well should have done! Wish I'd got the chance.
If York residents didn't "flock" - they jolly well should have done! Wish I'd got the chance. Garrowby Turnoff
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6:00pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Paul Hepworth says...

NoNewsIsGoodNews wrote:
Hundreds queue to see the restored windmill

More like
Hundreds queue in a side street that has a finite amount of pavement space, to give PeddlingPaul a piece of their mind while on his morning search to find a traffic jam to cycle past while looking smug.
Well I was there all day, helping to manage the queue where it crossed my street onto the Windmill's roundabout island. Can't say that I noticed any pedants pedalling past.....!
[quote][p][bold]NoNewsIsGoodNews[/bold] wrote: [quote]Hundreds queue to see the restored windmill[/quote] More like [quote]Hundreds queue in a side street that has a finite amount of pavement space, to give PeddlingPaul a piece of their mind while on his morning search to find a traffic jam to cycle past while looking smug.[/quote][/p][/quote]Well I was there all day, helping to manage the queue where it crossed my street onto the Windmill's roundabout island. Can't say that I noticed any pedants pedalling past.....! Paul Hepworth
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3:24am Tue 29 Jan 13

Magicman! says...

I'm so glad The Press raminded everybody that this was on in their Friday edition... oh, wait a minute, what's that? they didn't?? Well then I am confused - why would we have a local paper that tells us of upcoming events months before they happen but not the day before?

{/sarcasm}

Also, why is this done in January? a few years ago I recall it used to happen in March/April time.... Any reason why the residents' slot has been shifted to the "graveyard slot" between christmas and easter when there's not many tourists around?
I'm so glad The Press raminded everybody that this was on in their Friday edition... oh, wait a minute, what's that? they didn't?? Well then I am confused - why would we have a local paper that tells us of upcoming events months before they happen but not the day before? {/sarcasm} Also, why is this done in January? a few years ago I recall it used to happen in March/April time.... Any reason why the residents' slot has been shifted to the "graveyard slot" between christmas and easter when there's not many tourists around? Magicman!
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