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Training to start for tour guides as council announces three new walks revealing Gravesend's history and culture

PUBLISHED: 12:02 14 September 2017

Pocahontas statue outside St George's Church

Pocahontas statue outside St George's Church

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A 10-week training course starts next month

Volunteers set to take visitors on a tour of Gravesend’s history, landmarks and culture will begin their training next month.

In May, the council asked any residents interested in becoming accredited tour guides around the town to come forward.

The appeal saw seven people respond, all of whom will begin their training on October 2 as Gravesham council prepares to run three new guided tours.

The 10-week course will end in mid-December with written and practical exams overseen by Institute of Tourist Guiding adjudicator.

Local historian Christoph Bull is a guest lecturer on the course, while experience tour guides Mike Tilling and Denise Allen will be course director and lead tutor respectively.

Cabinet member for tourism and youth, Jordan Meade, said: “The people that came forward are going to get a really great experience to offer these guided tours and will learn so much along the way about our borough. There will also be a great opportunity for them to meet a range of people from our communities.

“I’m pleased were able to start our own Tourism Guiding Association and see this as a great asset to Gravesham and its tourism offering.”

Once the training is complete, all new guides will be able to lead on three new tours, which are:

River Walk - from the Three Daws to the canal basin taking 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 St. George’s church to Gordon statue talking about Pocahontas, Dickens and Gordon also other notable local personages - Darnley, Beaufort, Duke of York etc. This walk will also include the history of Gravesend including coaching inns, clock tower, Gravesend Borough Market, old town hall etc.

Politics and Religion – Mayor’s parlour, civic centre, regalia etc, then along to the Sikh temple talking about Sikhism and other religions.

If you would like to take part in the training there is still time. Please contact Virginie Whittaker virginie.whittaker@gravesham.gov.uk

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