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Now you can learn to be a Norwich tour guide

PUBLISHED: 15:00 18 October 2010

Holy Cross; This picture shows Gwen Digby who has become a tourist guide; For:; Copy:

Holy Cross; This picture shows Gwen Digby who has become a tourist guide; For:; Copy:

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People with a passion for history are being urged to enrol on a new course and learn to guide tourists around Norwich's sights.

City College Norwich is running the evening classes to teach the skills and knowledge needed to work as an official tourist guide.

It lasts for 20 weeks and is open to anyone over 16 who has an interest in local history.

At the end of the course students could go on to work for the Tourist Information Centre at the Forum, if they choose to become green badge guide accredited.

Michelle Hurren, manager of the centre, said: “If you enjoy the history and heritage of our beautiful city, and want to be able to share that enthusiasm with other people, then this course will not only give you the knowledge, but also the training to impart that knowledge to other people.”

“We are always looking for passionate, enthusiastic people to join our team.”

The centre organises tours for the public and for visiting groups, using officially trained guides.

The course starts on November 2, runs every Tuesday evening until April 25 and costs £395.

No qualifications are needed to apply but people should have an interest in local history and be confident in communicating with groups of people.

Gwen Digby, from Stoke Holy Cross, has worked as a tour guide since 1977.

After raising three children she wanted to keep active, so enrolled on a guide course at Wensum Lodge.

“I’ve been a guide now for over 30 years. I enjoy it because Norwich is full of interest. I’ve always been interested in history,” she said.

“Most people are surprised at what Norwich has to offer and they want to come back again.

“It’s great fun. Norwich is very special. It isn’t all old buildings. There’s a lot of vibrant things going on in Norwich, with the art and the culture. There’s always something going on,” she added.

Dick Palmer, principal of City College Norwich, said: “We are proud of Norwich and this course for tourist guides will help provide an even better experience for visitors to our fine city.”

For more information on the course call the City College Norwich Advice Shop on 01603 773773 or email information@ccn.ac.uk.

Are you learning something unusual? Call reporter Matthew Sparkes on 01603 772439 or email matthew.sparkes@archant.co.uk

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