THE well-known pink-clad tourist volunteers who help welcome visitors to a city have been given new tabards.

The Durham Pointers, who are recognised by their bright pink tabards, patrol the city daily between Easter and October to welcome and give advice to visitors.

The Durham Freeman have donated £600 to replace the worn out tabards.

Pointers’ chairman Dave Carter said: “Since our organisation was founded in 2012 we are proud to acknowledge the friendship and association built up over the years with the Durham Freemen.

“As volunteers we are extremely grateful for the funding they have provided and fully appreciate the invaluable assistance it has afforded us.”

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Eric Bulmer, chairman of the wardens of the Freemen’s eight surviving craft guilds, added: “We are pleased to support a committed group of volunteers who provide an invaluable service to the city, its community and visitors, especially as the heritage of the Guilds of Freemen is embedded in the history of Durham, a city of which we are all immensely proud.”

The Pointers have received a number of accolades for their work, including a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and two regional tourism gold awards.

The Freemen have previously supported the Pointers, donating £4,000 three years ago to buy tabards, waterproof clothing and leaflets, with a further donation the following year.