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Denbigh tour guides reveal town's historic past
Denbigh tour guides
Denbigh's new tour guides Vesi, Gwyn, David, Gron and Sharon

Volunteer guides start work today, giving visitors to Denbigh a tour of the town, its history and 235 listed buildings.

With support from Denbigh Town Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), 19 guides have just "graduated" with an assessment from the Blue Badge Tourist Guides.

And they're already pounding the pavements, helping visitors in town for the four day Denbigh Midsummer Festival (17-20 June).

"The volunteers are raring to go, they are really enthusiastic," said Sharon Newell, heritage regeneration project officer.

Denbigh Castle

Among the guides are a retired doctor, anaesthetist, teachers, working librarians and local authority officers.

"They all graduated on May 27 and the Midsummer Festival will be their official launch event," said Sharon.

The festival was set up by community groups with support from rural regeneration agency, Cadwyn Clwyd. Project officer Robert Price said: "The Midsummer Festival is a perfect occasion for us to showcase the wonderful local produce which this area can boast."

There will be a Welsh market on Friday and a French market from Normandy on Saturday.

Historic frontages on Denbigh High Street

Plus, tour guides will be leading three hour-long free walks from the markets on High Street to some of the 235 listed buildings in town.

Some of these have been a part of the five year multi-million pound Denbigh Townscape Heritage Initiative, due to end in 2011, which worked on improving the fabric of historic buildings.

Denbigh's heritage will also be on display to international visitors during the festival when the organisation of the world's walled towns holds its executive meeting for the first time in north Wales - which has four members, Denbigh, Conwy, Caernarfon and Beaumaris.

They will travel to Denbigh (19 June) for a tour of the town and to discuss issues such as conservation of walled towns and tourism.

There are representatives expected from Malta, Holland, Spain, Turkey, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic, Croatia as well as Wales and England.

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