YOUNGSTERS from a York primary school joined the city’s Lord Mayor on a tour of the walls.

About 40 pupils from Copmanthorpe Primary School called for the Lord Mayor and civic party at the Mansion House before they went on to walk along the walls on an inspection.

The Lord Mayor, Coun David Horton, walked with the children to Bootham Bar where he met and thanked council staff who work on the walls.

The civic party then walked along to the Robin Hood Tower, where a band of students from the University of York students played brass instruments.

Keith Myers, chairman of The Friends of York Walls, presented Coun Horton with a scroll to thank him for being the Friends’ patron for the year.

They took the route to Monk Bar and then came down from the walls and walked up Lord Mayor’s Walk where more than 300 children from St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School in Monkgate lined the footpath, waving daffodils that they had made especially for the day.

The civic party then walked back to the Mansion House escorted by the Copmanthorpe children.

There, the Lord Mayor presented a certificate to each of them as a souvenir.

Friends of York Walls is a community group set up to promote the walls and they are currently raising funds to open Fishergate Postern Tower, a 500-year-old, three-storey building and convert it into a visitor attraction and cafe.