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Walking through walls: a memoir - York Walls Walk - York City Walls Tour - Part 1


Turco, a member of the 1993–94 Cambridge Winter Hawks, was first scouted by the Dallas Stars at Galt Arena. It’s where he got in his first goalie fight (he won) and where he opened the season by getting suspended (his family made the eight-hour drive from Sault Ste. Marie, only to see him booted). The long-time Stars netminder remembers walking up to the rink for the first time. “I didn’t know of its historical place in this country,” Turco says, “but I was like, man, this rink has so much character.” The last game there was tough, he says, “leaving that team and that storied arena behind.”

Rebelo has seen many of these moments first-hand in the place he calls his second home, where he jokes he’s a part of the woodwork. “The building’s alive,” he says, digging through his office for old files to shed light on the past. The Galt Skating Races, he says, are a prime example of its living history. Like their parents and grandparents before them, area grade-school kids gather here every year to contend for the title of fastest skater. It’s been going on for 81 of the arena’s 91 years. “We’ve had to replace a lot of things; we were forced to,” says Rebelo. “But there are some things we’ll never lose.”

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Turco, a member of the 1993–94 Cambridge Winter Hawks, was first scouted by the Dallas Stars at Galt Arena. It’s where he got in his first goalie fight (he won) and where he opened the season by getting suspended (his family made the eight-hour drive from Sault Ste. Marie, only to see him booted). The long-time Stars netminder remembers walking up to the rink for the first time. “I didn’t know of its historical place in this country,” Turco says, “but I was like, man, this rink has so much character.” The last game there was tough, he says, “leaving that team and that storied arena behind.”

Rebelo has seen many of these moments first-hand in the place he calls his second home, where he jokes he’s a part of the woodwork. “The building’s alive,” he says, digging through his office for old files to shed light on the past. The Galt Skating Races, he says, are a prime example of its living history. Like their parents and grandparents before them, area grade-school kids gather here every year to contend for the title of fastest skater. It’s been going on for 81 of the arena’s 91 years. “We’ve had to replace a lot of things; we were forced to,” says Rebelo. “But there are some things we’ll never lose.”

Turco, a member of the 1993–94 Cambridge Winter Hawks, was first scouted by the Dallas Stars at Galt Arena. It’s where he got in his first goalie fight (he won) and where he opened the season by getting suspended (his family made the eight-hour drive from Sault Ste. Marie, only to see him booted). The long-time Stars netminder remembers walking up to the rink for the first time. “I didn’t know of its historical place in this country,” Turco says, “but I was like, man, this rink has so much character.” The last game there was tough, he says, “leaving that team and that storied arena behind.”

Rebelo has seen many of these moments first-hand in the place he calls his second home, where he jokes he’s a part of the woodwork. “The building’s alive,” he says, digging through his office for old files to shed light on the past. The Galt Skating Races, he says, are a prime example of its living history. Like their parents and grandparents before them, area grade-school kids gather here every year to contend for the title of fastest skater. It’s been going on for 81 of the arena’s 91 years. “We’ve had to replace a lot of things; we were forced to,” says Rebelo. “But there are some things we’ll never lose.”

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Micklegate Bar is the main entrance to York city walls. It is and has been for centuries the gate used by Royalty and top dignitaries to enter the city. So, this is where we will start our tour.

First, investigate the entrance and consider the front. This is where traitors heads were put on spikes. Go through the gate and climb up onto the walls, heading South East. That is taking the left hand stairwell up, as you look at the back of the gate, from inside the walls.

Continuing South East will take you away from the railway station. Along this part of the walls, during the spring, the ground is covered in splendid daffodils. During summer, it is tree lined. You will come to a small gate called Victoria Bar next. This was named after Queen Victoria who's accession took place around the time the gate was built (1837). You can climb down to take a seat and have a rest here.




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