The Mayor of Bath’s Corps of Honorary Guides is one of 111 outstanding UK volunteering groups across the country to be honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014.
The Award is the highest given to local volunteer groups across the UK and recognises outstanding work done in their own communities.
It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation and is regarded as the ‘MBE’ for volunteer groups.
The Mayor’s Guides are celebrating 80 years of giving free daily tours around the city.
Chairman of the Guides, Mike Macklin, told the Virtual Museum: “This is a very special honour for us and the award is a great tribute to all our Mayor’s Guides, past and present who have voluntarily given their time to take our walking tours.
I would also like to thank those who nominated us for the award and the visitors who take the time say how much they enjoy the tours.
This year is our eightieth anniversary and we now have extra reason to celebrate it. We will be marking the occasion with some special walks in late July describing some of the famous former residents of the city.’
Details will be shown on the Corps website at http://www.bathguides.org.uk