City ambassadors introduced to Ripon

The trial is taking place on Thursdays, the city's market day.
The trial is taking place on Thursdays, the city's market day.

Help is at hand for visitors to the city as new roaming Discover Ripon ambassadors have taken to the streets to provide tourists with directions, information about events and snippets of notable city trivia.

The initiative is being trialled every Thursday, the city’s market day, between 10am-3pm, and is expected to run until mid-September.

Penny Hartley, one of the first volunteers, told the Gazette it is a great idea.

“Many visitors don’t know what there is in Ripon until they get here so it’s our opportunity to talk to them and promote our fantastic city. I met some Danish visitors who wanted to know if there was a nice park nearby so I directed them to the Spa Gardens. They were happy and will leave with a positive impression.”

The initiative is being introduced as part of the City Development Programme, led by Ripon City Development Manager Alan Weston and backed by Discover Ripon, the group established to co-ordinate and lead the marketing of the city.

– To volunteer as an ambassador, contact Mr Weston on 01765 601100.