How’s your pointing? Volunteers needed to help visitors in Durham

Tourist guides in Durham, known as the Durham Pointers, are going to be on hand throughout the summer helping to direct visitors. Durham Pointer Trevor Carter hands out a free map and points the way to the city's attractions...
Tourist guides in Durham, known as the Durham Pointers, are going to be on hand throughout the summer helping to direct visitors. Durham Pointer Trevor Carter hands out a free map and points the way to the city's attractions...
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VOLUNTEERS with a working knowledge of Durham City are needed to point visitors in the right direction.

Durham Pointers have proved popular with the public since they took up their regular pitch near the information board in Market Place in June.

Working in pairs, the pointers answer questions from visitors and hand out city centre maps.

They have been dealing with about 100 inquiries a day, with the most popular being directions to the cathedral or the nearest toilets.

Organiser Esther Ashby hopes to extend the service by an extra hour to 4pm, and possibly into the weekend.

“We have proved there is a demand for what we do,” said Esther.

“We could not have achieved what we have done so far without our volunteers.

“Most have been with us since we started and many have been willing to take on extra shifts to cover for unexpected absences.

“Numbers currently stand at just over 50, and we would like to recruit an extra 10 or 15 to enable us to run the service more efficiently.”

The Durham Pointers project is funded by the Durham Area Action Partnership and is based in office space donated by Durham Markets Company.

Pointers will be on the streets until the end of September and possibly again in the run up to Christmas.

Anyone wanting to volunteer can find details at www.durhampointers.co.uk or contact Giles Radford, tel: 07582 332621.