Lord Mayor dons blue vest to join the City Hosts for a day
The Lord Mayor of Norwich put away her gold chain and donned the blue vest worn by the City Hosts to spend a day experiencing the work the volunteers do and to encourage people to get involved.
As part of the Norwich Business Improvement District, which helps to increase economic prosperity for local companies of all sizes through collaboration, the City Hosts were launched in June 2013 to help visitors to the city to get everything they can out of their time in Norwich.
The Lord Mayor, Judith Lubbock, who was invited by the City Hosts to experience the work the volunteers do, said: 'I want to understand the issues the hosts have to deal with. And it may be that the city council can help with some of these issues.
'It's interesting to have a dialogue with people and hopefully it will encourage people, if they see any of the hosts, to approach them.'
The mayor spent time moving around the city hotspots with the volunteers and manager of City Hosts, Mike King, to see how they offer their knowledge, advice and help to tourists.
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'I'm more of a doer than a watcher. To understand the work you have to do it and I wanted to be involved in it, what they do is important,' said Mrs Lubbock.
Mr King said the City Hosts are always looking for volunteers to join the 40 that already help out. Anyone can get involved, to help give directions, offer advice and tell of personal favourite spots in Norwich to tourists.
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'What a wonderful thing for the Lord Mayor to do. I hope it will appeal to other people to join this wonderful organisation,' said Mr King.
'We are targeting 50 volunteers by the end of the year and are looking to expand our age group. We have links to the UEA and last year we had 10-15 students helping out.'
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