CHILDREN from Haxby Road Primary School accompanied the Lord Mayor of York on a now annual inspection of the city’s walls.

The Lord Mayor and civic party were escorted by the pupils and joined by the Friends of York Walls group, the dedicated carers of York’s historic defences.

Two of the children were handed the responsibility to officially invite the Lord Mayor to join them on the inspection, while the remainder of the class gave three cheers as he accepted.

The Year 5 students were supplied with Union Flags to wave, joined by brass band performers from York St John University.

Back at The Mansion House, the Lord Mayor invited the children into the state room where he awarded each student a certificate and a badge.

Deputy head teacher James Rourke said the children described the event as “the best trip ever”.

The inspection is a new tradition launched by The Friends of York Walls to help to raise awareness among children of the ramparts.