Dalesman on BBC TV Countryfile

Dalesman on BBC TV Countryfile

What a pleasure to see so many familiar faces from Dalesman on BBC TV Countryfile last night, as they toured Dalesman’s 75 Yorkshire Icons.  The programme was packed with people and places I’ve visited over my many years of contributing to  Dalesman Magazine.

Wharfedale, one of Yorkshire's iconic dales

Wharfedale, one of Yorkshire’s iconic dales

From Bill Mitchell’s memories of the early days of Dalesman, through to ladies from a cycling club visiting  places on this July’s Tour de France route, the programme was full of Dalesman’s finest.

75 Icons of Yorkshire

Dalesman magazine has spent 75 years featuring the people and places of Yorkshire, and to celebrate, it ran a poll of readers’ 75 Icons of Yorkshire.

Hal Redvers-Jones in his Victorian Whitby jet workshop:an icon of Yorkshire

Hal Redvers-Jones in his Victorian Whitby jet workshop:an icon of Yorkshire

The 75 icons included places, celebrities, and, of course, Yorkshire food and drink.  However, I agree with Dalesman artist Mark Thompson, when he said that Yorkshire’s finest icon is the character of its people.   Their indomitable grit, graft, and guts, is what makes Yorkshire so special.

Dalesman‘s 75 Icons were published in the April 2014 issue, and if you missed it, a limited number of copies are available at http://www.dalesman.co.uk/icons

For those who missed the TV show, broadcast on 27 April 2014, it’s available on i player, for six days only, at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006t0bv/episodes/player

And if you’re too late for either of these – well, Dalesman’s now on course for its centenary, still packed full of interesting people and places in ‘God’s Own Country’ of Yorkshire.



About Helen Johnson

Freelance writer specialising in Yorkshire's history and heritage.

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