Cathedral guide Lilian is a tourism superstar

Lilian Groves with her award.
Lilian Groves with her award.
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A pensioner has been hailed as a tourism superstar for her work to help visitors discover an iconic gem of the North East landscape.

Lilian Groves, a senior guide at Durham Cathedral, was revealed as the winner by Councillor Neil Foster at the Visit County Durham annual garden party, which was held at Crook Hall and Gardens.

The 86-year-old, who has been a volunteer at the cathedral for 25 years, was nominated by her colleagues because of the enthusiasm, dedication and knowledge she brings to the role, attributes that have won her praise from visitors from around the world.

Lilian, from Durham City, said: “I’m more than delighted to tell people what a wonderful, wonderful place Durham is.

“I’m passionate about the cathedral. I think it’s the most wonderful place you could be.”

Ivor Stolliday, chairman of Visit County Durham, said: “The quality of nominations was very high and all the finalists are wonderful ambassadors for the county and deserve our congratulations.

“The people on the front line of the visitor experience here in Durham help make it such a superb destination and it is wonderful to be able to celebrate them.”

Lilian will now be put forward as Durham’s nomination for VisitEngland’s nation-wide search for a National Tourism Superstar.