...is a stalwart of the British Legion in Leyburn. Now well in his eighties, he was the branch’s standard bearer at Remembrance Day services for 12 years. Prior to that, he spent 32 years as an Army fire-fighter based at Catterick and also saw service in Northern Ireland.
What makes mid-Wensleydale such a special place?
It‘s such a healthy environment. We’re not surrounded by traffic or fumes or trains, just fresh air. It is so pleasant, peaceful and sociable.
Where is your favourite place around here?
My wife and I have gained a lot of pleasure from the High Moor. It is beautiful up there so close to Penhill…to hear the grouse calling and the heather in flower blanketing the area in an intense purple colour. We can’t get there now because of my wife’s ill health which is sad.
What is the best event to take place in the Leyburn area?
The Wensleydale Tournament of Song. Very enjoyable. Some of our family entered year after year. There was stiff competition to win but it was always done in a friendly manner.
What single piece of information should people have when visiting the area?
Leyburn might be the biggest place around here but don’t think for a minute it is the oldest. The town used to be much nearer the River Ure and was re-built on top of the hill comparatively recently.
What’s the best kept secret in the area?
Wark water mill which is very close to the site of the Wensleydale Food Festival. It provided all the flour for people round about. The machinery is now silent but all the workings are still on site. Many people even in Leyburn don’t know that it’s there.