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York Walk

June 09, 1985

Stan Delaplane (May 12) missed the best bargain in York, the two-hour free walk through town led by the Volunteer Guides of York. Ours was a retired military person, all blustering enthusiasm, with dark-red mustachios waxed to wicked pinpoint ends. He had great pride in the fighting past of York, insisting that all British revolts began with Yorkshiremen. . . .

Our military friend was proud that the 9th Legion disappeared from Roman records after it left York. In York, Saxon King Harold was celebrating a great victory over the Danes at nearby Stamford Bridge when William the Conqueror landed from Normandy and undid the victory party. Viking excavations are going on, dating to pre-Roman times. York endures.

MARTY DELMAN

Los Angeles

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