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New Gravesham tour guides to be awarded at ceremony

PUBLISHED: 15:35 25 January 2018

The achievements of nine local people training to be tourism guides will be officially awarded at a ceremony on Thursday, February 1.

Last October, Gravesham Borough Council organised for the nine to be trained to deliver a series of discovery tours in Gravesend on behalf of the council.

The budding tour guides went through a three month training course and successfully passed their written and oral exams in December.

Their achievements will now be acknowledged at a badging ceremony, which also means that the Gravesham Tourism Guides are now fully qualified to take British and international groups on a journey through time.

Cabinet member for tourism, Cllr Jordan Meade, said: “The people that came forward are going to offer a great experience on these guided tours.

“They have also learnt so much about our borough along the way and it’ll be a good opportunity for them to meet a range of people from our communities.

“I’ve been really pleased to be able to start our own Tourism Guiding Association, and see this as an asset to Gravesham and its tourism offering.”

The tours on offer are:

•River Walk - from the oldest pub in Gravesend to the town’s canal basin, you can take in all aspects of the river - pirates, smuggling, ship building, shrimping, Port of London Authority, missions, fortifications and the river itself.

•People and Places - Running from the historic St. George’s church to the beautiful Gordon Gardens, you will hear about the famous people linked to the area - Pocahontas, Dickens and General Gordon to name a few!

This walk will also include the history of Gravesend including coaching inns, the listed clock tower and more.

•Politics and Faith - Have an exclusive look at Gravesham’s Mayor’s parlour and regalia, before taking a walk to the town’s magnificent Sikh temple (Gurdwara). If you wish to do so, you will be able to take your group inside the Gurdwara afterwards.

Each walk is an hour long and costs £7 per person (minimum required per group is 10).

For more information please contact Visit Gravesend Tourism department on 01474 337202 or email virginie.whittaker@gravesham.gov.uk

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