King’s Lynn Town Guides annual donations ceremony sees £4,000 go to local heritage organisations
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People who have been guided on tours of historic buildings and artefacts in King's Lynn have contributed towards their upkeep.
The King's Lynn Town Guides presented donations of £4,000 from almost 140 walks and private tours in the past year to seven local heritage organisations - King's Lynn Minster, St Faith's Church in Gaywood, King's Lynn Preservation Trust, Worfolk Boat Trust, Marriotts Warehouse Trust, True's Yard Fishing Museum and All Saints King's Lynn Church.
Bob Price, Chairman of the Town Guides, said: 'We always try to hold the money on February 21, which is International Tourist Guide day.
'We have raised the money through our historic Lynn walks, which goes all over the town from Custom House to St Nicholas Chapel.
'We also have a darker stories of Lynn tour, which isn't a ghost walk, just a tour of strange things that have happened over the centuries.
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'It means a lot that we can donate to local groups,' he said. 'And it's a special year for us - we celebrate 40 years of guiding since we were founded in 1977.
'Our volunteers get great pleasure taking outsiders and local people around the town and showing the great buildings and fantastic history we have around here.'
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The annual presentation took place today at King's Lynn Town Hall on Saturday Market Place and was attended by Mayor David Whitby.
Tim Clayton, project coordinator of The King's Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust, said they were delighted with the generous support of the Guides.
'We are in the process of restoring one of the first boats built by Walter Worfolk, the project has gone on over the years but is now nearing completion,' he said. 'The donation from the Town Guides will help with fitting on the engine. We appreciate all the time and effort the Guides put in, it is very generous of them.'
Christine James, warden of All Saints Church, said they have received donations from the Guides over the years which has helped greatly with the upkeep of the church.
She said: 'We are very pleased to receive the money, it could help with renovation works of the church. Our next project is going to be fitting in a new kitchen.'