...is secretary of the Wensleydale Tournament of Song, a two-week celebration of music, speech and verse which takes place each spring.
What makes mid-Wensleydale such a special place?
Its people. We are there for others and help them out. Nowhere we have visited as a family offers such a friendliness. The Prime Minster talks about the Big Society. We have it here in abundance.
Where is your favourite place round here?
The top of Scaith Nick. It’s above Redmire along the tank road from Catterick. The road suddenly drops away and you can see the whole of Wensleydale and Bishopdale with its own peculiar climate. When we see that we know we are back home.
What is the best event to take place in the Leyburn area?
It has to be the Wensleydale Tournament of Song. It is 102 years old in 2012. It attracts local people of all ages - from 4 years old to 94. Whatever they do they enjoy performing and it produces a fascinating fortnight. The first week has the speech classes, including some done in the local dialect; the second week is dedicated to music. It’s a real showcase of Wensleydale talent.
What single piece of information should people have when visiting here?
Don’t be surprised if people want to talk to you. It’s what we do…. but not in a busybody way!
What’s the best kept secret in the area?
West Burton. There’s no road through the village. you have to find it, nestling in Bishopdale below Penhill. There are lots of unique paving stones put there to celebrate the millennium, even an ode to one of local birds, the Dipper.