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Retired Computer Design Engineer. Main hobby photography. Moved to live in York in November 2010 to be near family.

2017 PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION – Winners announced


All entries submitted have now been sorted and judged by the FOYW Committee and Trustees.  On 8th May 2017 The Lord Mayor of York for 2016/7, Councillor Dave Taylor and his Lady Mayoress, selected the  winning picture for each group from the final entries in each of the categories. Thank you to all those who submitted entries – there were some really stunning images to choose from !

The Lord Mayor of York & his Lady Mayoress study the finalists in the Amateur Category. (Photo by Alan Fleming FOYW)

The winners are :-

The Junior Category winner  – George Atkinson (age 14), from Harrogate

The Amateur Category winner  – Chris Robinson, from Copmanthorpe

The Enthusiast Category winner  – Lewis Outing, from Woodthorpe

Congratulations to all the winners who will be presented with a professionally framed and printed copy of their photograph + a unique Friends of York Walls Winners Certificate, to record their achievement + their own unique Fishergate Postern Tower West Wall Stone and Certificate to acknowledge their work.

The Lord Mayor, his Lady Mayoress and Graham Smith (FOYW) with the winning photographs. (Photo by Alan Fleming FOYW)

The three winning photographs, plus all the runner up images in each category,  will be on display at Fishergate Postern Tower from Saturday 17th June,  10am to 4pm,  and will remain on display throughout the Summer 2017 “FPT open days” season.

A special event is also planned for the FPT Open Day on 17th June, when local artist David Patrick will display some of his local walls artwork.   Saturday 17th June ONLY.


Fishergate Postern Tower Openings


Saturday 8th July

Saturday 22nd  &  Sunday 23rd July = Great Yorkshire Fringe

Saturday 5th & 19th August

NOTE – there will be NO  OPENING on August B.H. weekend

Friday 8th September (11am – 4.30pm)  + 
Saturday 9th  &  Sunday 10th  September = Heritage Open Weekend

No need to book and entry is free – but donations to Friends of York Walls and tower repairs will be very welcome. Unfortunately access beyond the ground floor is not suitable for the disabled.

Fishergate Postern Tower, at the end of Piccadilly, is a 4 storey stone tower built around 1504 and has a quirky narrow spiral staircase linking the interesting rooms and with views of the roof structure. The FPT opening will be staffed by Friends of York Walls volunteers who will be on hand to help, and to tell you about the history of the tower. You can also learn about plans for the future of the tower and other 2017 planned activities.

Copies of the FoYW book “A Walking Guide to York’s City Walls” will be on sale. You can also “Sponsor a Stone” on either the West Wall or the North Wall to raise funds for the restoration of and repairs to the tower.

We need more volunteers and also people to join the Management Committee and Trustees. If you are interested please email us at


Annual Friends Meeting – 18th March

This years Annual Friends Meeting was held on 18th March 2017 at Clements Hall – 2pm.  Guest Speaker Keith Emerick.  All Friends and Supporters (past, present, and future) were invited. Parking available + tea/coffee & biscuits.

We were thrilled to have Dr Keith Emerick (English Heritage Inspector of Ancient Monuments in York and North Yorkshire, and Research Associate at the University of York) give a talk entitled “Heritage and Community Heritage Projects”.   Keith gave an overview of the things people are talking about in the heritage sphere and then gave examples of what community heritage groups are actually doing.

We also had a few stands for akin voluntary organisations to showcase their work. Held in Clements Hall (Nunthorpe Road, York YO23 1BW) at 14:00 on Saturday 18th March!

We need more supporters, more volunteers, more committee members & trustees. Do come along to any events or open days, bring your friends, and see what we do and what we plan to do – and consider helping us to achieve our aims and objectives.


2017 FOYW Photo Competition

The 2017 Friends of York Walls Photographic Competition closed on 1st May.

Winning entries + runner up entries on display at Fishergate Postern Tower on 17th June and for the remainder of the 2017 FPT Open Days.  [READ MORE HERE]

The winners have now been selected [READ MORE HERE]

Competition Details:  [ READ MORE HERE ]

All photos must be taken either of, or from, the Walls, Clifford’s Tower or Museum Gardens.  Three categories will be judged: Under 16, Amateur, and Enthusiast / Professional.  A short-list in each category will be selected by members of the Friends of York Walls.  First place in each category will be chosen by the Lord Mayor of York.

The deadline for entries was: Noon 1st May 2017

Competition entry is free.