A long-serving soap star has started a chorus of praise for York as the city's tourist industry starts to recover from the pandemic.

On the first Bank Holiday weekend since the lockdown eased, Emmerdale's Mark Charnock visited the city and made his views very clear on social media.

His tweet was echoed by other people from different parts of the country, some of them highlighting particular attractions in York.

The man who has played Marlon Dingle for 25 years tweeted:

Shortly afterwards he replied to one of his followers:


A Welsh woman tweeted:


A northerner in exile tweeted:


A Lancastrian praised the National Railway Museum, adding:


A bride is looking forward to her wedding day:


Several York residents and businesses have warmly supported Mark's views, describing why they moved to the city or why they like it, such as:


One added a note of caution about stag and hen parties.