Ambassadors guide the way for town tourists

At the launch of the 8th season of Alnwick Ambassadors are Ian August from Alnwick Castle and Garden, Anne Shilton from Alnwick Development Trust, Roger Styring from Northumberland County Council, Stuart Manley from Barter Books, James Bateman from Alnwick Rotary Club, deputy mayor Goeff Watson, Trust chairman Carys Thomas and ambassadors Rob Brokic, Luke Ryan, Natalie Brown and Ellen Puddephatt.
At the launch of the 8th season of Alnwick Ambassadors are Ian August from Alnwick Castle and Garden, Anne Shilton from Alnwick Development Trust, Roger Styring from Northumberland County Council, Stuart Manley from Barter Books, James Bateman from Alnwick Rotary Club, deputy mayor Goeff Watson, Trust chairman Carys Thomas and ambassadors Rob Brokic, Luke Ryan, Natalie Brown and Ellen Puddephatt.

HELPFUL young people will give visitors to Alnwick a warm welcome this summer, as a successful community scheme returns to the town.

An enthusiastic team of four has signed up to The Alnwick Ambassadors project – organised by Alnwick Community Development Trust – where they will act as guides for six days each week during the school summer holidays.

The Ambassadors, who wear distinctive blue and yellow shirts, started their duties earlier this week.

They aim to make it easier for people to enjoy their visit to the town by giving directions, free impartial information, and details about opening times and prices.

Anne Shilton, project development officer at the Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Ambassadors back to Alnwick again this year.

“The Ambassadors provide a great service to the town’s visitors throughout the summer, offering impartial information and advice.

“The Ambassadors themselves also gain so much from the experience in terms of confidence and extend their own local knowledge too. Please say hello to them when you see them around the town.”

The project has been running for the past eight years and the Ambassadors, who work closely with the Tourist Information Centre, will be on duty daily during the Alnwick International Music Festival, which starts this Saturday and runs until Saturday, August 6.

The Ambassadors project has been sponsored by Alnwick Castle and The Alnwick Garden, Alnwick Town Council, Northumberland County Council, Barter Books and the Rotary Club of Alnwick.

Ambassador Natalie Brown said: “I’m now in my second year as an Alnwick Ambassador. I really enjoy meeting and greeting visitors to our town and it gives me great satisfaction to help them get the most out of their visit to the town.

“I hope the warm welcome they receive when they come here will mean they return in the future and spread the word about what a great place Alnwick is.”