Have you seen them? Human signposts help thousands of visitors

A group of Durham Pointer volunteers, dressed in their distinctive pink tabards.
A group of Durham Pointer volunteers, dressed in their distinctive pink tabards.
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A HUMAN signposting service has already helped more than 7,000 people since its launch in June.

Esther Ashby, organiser of the The Durham Pointers service, said: “Between 10am and 3pm, Mondays to Fridays, we have provided a guiding hand to coming from everywhere from Peterlee to the Philippines.

“Subject to some modest funding next year, we hope the Pointers in Pink will again be a feature over the summer in the Market Place.

“And we encourage anyone interested in receiving more information next year to leave us their details on info@durhampointers.co.uk.”

As well as giving directions to places of interest, the Pointers are ideally placed to advise visitors on how to access more detailed tourism information.

They also help motorists adrift in the city centre, explain the location of park and ride bus stops and answer public transport queries.

The project is funded by Durham Area Action Partnership until the end of September.

However, organisers are confident that its success to date means that additional services on bank holidays and in the lead-up to Christmas may be possible this year.

It is hoped that due to the scheme’s value, new funding will found for next year.