The St Albans Tour Guides welcomed a visit from mayor Cllr Jamie Day for a dinner celebrating their 60th anniversary.

Mayor Cllr Day and deputy mayor Cllr Jenni Murray joined representatives of the Tour Guides Association, which was initially established to show people around historic sites during the 1964 St Albans Festival.

The early guides were trained by local history experts, including former mayor Cllr Elsie Toms, and then became a permanent fixture in the city.

Now the guides lead tours throughout the year, and the early informal training has been replaced by a professional qualification through the Institute of Tourist Guiding.

The guides lead public and private walks throughout the city, covering 2,000 years of history and taking in historic sites at Verulamium Museum and the Clock Tower.


Mayor Cllr Day, as patron for the association, thanked the guides for welcoming both residents and visitors to St Albans.

Chairman of the St Albans Tour Guides Association, Terry Turner, said: "We’re grateful to the Mayor, our Patron and also 480th Mayor of St Albans, for coming to help us celebrate our diamond anniversary and thank him for his kind words."