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Centenary Dinner for Alf Wight (James Herriot)
By Gwyneth. Last updated Thu 8 Sep at 2.09pm.
When: Saturday 1st October 2016 from 7pm
Where: Tennants Garden Rooms, Leyburn.
A black tie gala dinner at Tennants Garden Rooms in Leyburn, with special guests from the cast of “All Creatures Great & Small” will be held on Saturday, 1st October 2016 from 7pm to celebrate the life and work of the famous vet and author Alf Wight OBE FRCVS (James Herriot) on the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Members of Alf Wight’s family, including son and daughter Jim Wight and Rosie Page, friends and colleagues will pay tribute to 100 years of the life of Alf Wight.
The evening will include performances by music icon Lesley Garrett CBE and hosted by BBC TV’s Harry Gration MBE.
James Alfred Wight was born on 3rd October 1916 in Sunderland (his mother Hannah’s former home before she married Alf’s father James in July 1915). When Alf was only three weeks old the family moved back to their own home in Glasgow and Alf remained there for most of his young life. In December 1939 at the age of 23, Alf qualified as a veterinary surgeon with the Glasgow Veterinary College, taking on a brief post in January 1940 in a veterinary practice in Sunderland. He moved on in July 1940 to work in the rural practice of Donald J Sinclair in Thirsk, located close to the sweeping hills and rich valleys of the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks, where he remained for the rest of his life.
Just confirmed, actor Christopher Timothy who played James Herriot is to attend the dinner. In addition, BAFTA winner Robert Hardy Esq, CBE, FSA (Siegfried Farnon), Peter Davidson, (Tristan Farnon and also the 5th Dr Who), multi award-winning actress Carol Drinkwater (Helen Herriot), Andrea Gibb, who played Deirdre McEwan in Series 4-6 and who is now a BAFTA nominated writer and her latest movie “Swallows and Amazons” has recently set sail into UK cinemas and Ali Lewis who was a local schoolgirl picked for the role of Rosie Herriot in the final series in 1990. Ali had the advantage of knowing the real Rosie, who was her Doctor! Ali has followed in the footsteps of James Herriot and is now an award-winning writer herself.
“This a real coup, to have all the main cast of All Creatures Great and Small together on this wonderful occasion and will likely never happen again. Alf’s books, films and TV series are THE biggest thing to ever have happened to promote the Dales and Moors of North Yorkshire which have become world renowned as ‘Herriot Country’.” added Ian Ashton.
A fund-raising silent auction will be held during the evening and proceeds will go to the James Herriot Foundation Trust that began with a very generous bequest made to the Friends of the World of James Herriot by the late Mr Thomas Frank Blinks who lived in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, and was a life member of the Friends of the World James Herriot.
Jim Wight and Rosie Page, son and daughter of Alf Wight, speaking about the Gala evening said: “This is a lovely opportunity to celebrate our father’s legacy and to support the James Herriot Foundation Trust that has been established to help young people who wish to pursue a career dedicated to animal welfare. Our father would be proud to be associated with this initiative and we are delighted that the dinner has been organised and supported by so many friends and colleagues together with the original cast for the tribute to his life and work.”
A limited number of places are still available for the event and can be booked online at bit.ly/HerriotHundred - ENDS -
For further information please contact: Ian Ashton, The World of James Herriot, 23 Kirkgate, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1PL Tel: 01845 524234 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour de Yorkshire photographs
By Peter. Last updated Fri 26 Aug at 5.41pm.
Were you there? Can you find yourself in these pictures taken on 1st May 2016?
HERE are 350+ photographs from when the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race passed through Thirsk and then proceeded up Sutton Bank.
Copyright Hambleton District Council, used here with permission.
Yarnbombers celebrate James Herriot's 100th
By Peter. Last updated Sun 7 Aug at 10.30am.
James Herriot was born on 3rd October 1916 and to celebrate the 100th anniversary Thirsk Yarnbombers have struck again!
The Market Place is decorated with all kinds of creations in knitting and crocheting. Here is the Vet, but come to Thirsk and see all the other animals and children's characters. You'll enjoy the day out.
James Herriot's veterinary practice is now run by Julian Norton who, with James Herriot's trainee Peter Wright, is star of 'The Yorkshire Vet'. This is a long-running series on Channel 5 and gives a fly-on-the-wall account of a vet's life today. You can see how many things have changed since James Herriot's day, but some of the work is largely unchanged. The next series will start in the Autumn, close to Alf Wight's birthday (that's the real name of James Herriot).
A great time to visit the North York Moors
By Peter. Last updated Sat 23 Jul at 9.54pm.
The heather is starting to flower and the bilberries (wild blueberries) will be ready soon. The town of Thirsk is situated between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors so it is a good central place to be to visit both areas.
Yorkshire Vet writes new book
By Ted. Last updated Thu 21 Jul at 6.17pm.
One of the Yorkshire vets, Julian Norton, has written his first book, 'Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs' which is due out in September. It charts his life and experiences since deciding to become a vet. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, warm and compassionate dealing with many varied animals and humans!
You can buy and have it signed by the author if you go to White Rose Books in Thirsk on Sat 17 September between 11am and 1pm.
Thirsk Day photographs
By Peter. Last updated Fri 24 Jun at 4.07pm.
Wednesday 22 June was Thirsk Day at Kings Cross Station in London. Three organisations - Thirsk Tourist Information, The World of James Herriot and Grand Central Trains - presented the delights of a short break in Thirsk away from the Big City from a stand in the middle of the main indoor concourse.
You can see photographs of our day HERE.
In addition to this, Grand Central Trains' engine 'James Herriot' was re-dedicated in honour of the 100th anniversary of Alf Wight who wrote 'All Creatures Great and Small' and other stories about his life as a country vet in Thirsk.
Sunday bus to the North Yorks Moors
By Peter. Last updated Sat 4 Jun at 5.34pm.
The Moors Endeavour bus will run every Sunday from 3 Jul to 25 Sep plus Mon 29 Aug. There are two buses each Sunday between Thirsk & Coxwold/ Byland/ Ampleforth/ Helmsley/ Rievaulx/ Chop Gate and connections with through ticketing to Kirkbymoorside & Pickering on the 128 bus. Concession cards are valid. Buses leave Thirsk at 10.50am & 15.30pm.
These buses are operated by a commercial company, but organised and made possible with funding raised by a very small voluntary group of people.
The full timetables and fares are at http://www.moorsbus.org
VIPs in Thirsk today
By Peter. Last updated Wed 27 Apr at 5.43pm.
The Yorkshire Vet is back on TV
By Ted. Last updated Thu 7 Apr at 4.24pm.
The “Yorkshire Vet” is back on TV
A new 10 part series starts on Tuesday April 12th at 8pm on Channel 5.
Herriot Country returns to TV once again as Julian, Peter and the rest of the team at Skeldale in deal with a whole new cast of creatures "great and small".
The series once again showcases Thirsk and surrounding area with some friendly faces making a welcome return to the programme which was seen by over 1.5 million people per week last year.
Keep an eye out for places and people you may know.
The picture shows the Yorkshire Vets Julian & Peter with some of our volunteers at the White Rose Awards presentation last November, when Thirsk Tourist Information was chosen as the best information centre in Yorkshire.
The Market Place in 1925
By Peter. Last updated Tue 23 Feb at 5.12pm.
We have a hand-drawn plan of Thirsk Market Place as it was in 1916 to 1925. To see what shops were available then click here. Note that some, like the three independent butchers, are still serving the people of Thirsk today.
Picture © Don Nesham
Thirsk Art shop endorsed by famous artist
By Ted. Last updated Sat 28 Nov at 8.53pm.
Internationally acclaimed artist Norman Ackroyd RA CBE is featured in this month's Artists & Illustrators magazine on the "My Favourite Things" page. When asked to name his favourite art shop he replied (quote) "There's a wonderful little art shop in Thirsk called The Artist's Palette" What a great endorsement!
Mr Ackroyd favours Thirsk a lot (Zillah Bell Gallery often have the honour of launching his exhibitions over the Royal Academy) and he loves shopping in our lovely friendly town.
The rector who was friends with Turner & Ruskin
By Peter. Last updated Tue 17 Nov at 9.09pm.
Thirsk work goes into space
By Ted. Last updated Tue 17 Nov at 9.14pm.
From the Yorkshire Post today Monday 16th November: Mr Dan Aldred, Thirsk Schools Head of Computing, inspired a group of his pupils. As a result they won a national competition and were chosen to send computer code to the International Space Staion which prompts it to displays the national flag of the countries it is flying over. As a result he has been chosen to appear in "Your Future Their Future" campaign by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTI) to recruit new teachers into the profession.
Best TIC in Yorkshire
By Peter. Last updated Tue 10 Nov at 1.22am.
The thirty volunteers who operate Thirsk Tourist Information were surprised and delighted to be awarded the Visitor Information Award, sponsored by BBC Yorkshire, at the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards on Monday.
The award follows five seasons of growth since Thirsk Tourist Information became independent of Hambleton District Council in April 2011.
Harry Gration from BBC Look North presenting the award to Peter Rush said: “And what's amazing, they are all volunteers“.
We are a welcoming group of volunteers with a wealth of knowledge and a passion for Thirsk and the surrounding region. We are currently open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm.
James Herriot's Yorkshire
By Peter. Last updated Mon 4 May at 9.25pm.
"Walking face on to the scented breeze, I felt the old tingle of wonder at being alone on the wide moorland where nothing stirred and the spreading miles of purple blossom and green turf reached away until it met the hazy blue of the sky." James Herriot in 'Vet in Harness'.
James Herriot lived in Thirsk. He wrote 'All Creatures Great and Small' and many other books about his life as a country vet in Thirsk, which he called Darrowby.
Thirsk is between the North Yorks Moors and the Yorkshire Dales so is an ideal place from which to explore both. What's more, in Thirsk you can visit the 'World of James Herriot', housed where he worked and lived.
James Herriot statue unveiled (video)
By Peter. Last updated Sat 28 Mar at 3.27pm.
Ian Ashton, manager of The World of James Herriot introduces James Berresford, CEO of VisitEngland who unveils the statue of Alf Wight (aka James Herriot). Then Jim Wight, a vet like his father, tells what it was like living with a budding author.
Free WiFi in the Market Place
By Peter. Last updated Wed 30 Apr at 8.57pm.
Free WiFi is now available in Thirsk Market Place.
To log in, connect to 'Thirsk Free WiFi'. A few seconds later on a tablet or smartphone a notification to complete the WiFi connection might appear, otherwise open the browser. Accept the Terms & Conditions, complete a simple form and you are connected.
The free WiFi is a collaboration between Telecom Yorkshire, Thirsk Tourist Information, Hambleton District Council and the Thirsk Business Association. It is being provided at almost no cost to the ratepayers.
In addition, many of the Market Place shops and coffee bars provide free WiFi.
James Herriot's favourite view
By Peter. Last updated Sun 24 Jul at 8.20am.
The view over the Vale of York from the top of Sutton Bank was loved by Alf Wight, the James Herriot of 'All Creatures Great and Small' and other books about his life as a country vet. At this time of year in Winter you can see the multiple shades of green and purple.
County third in the World for Tourists
By john. Last updated Wed 13 Nov at 9.42am.
Its now official, Yorkshire is one of the best destinations in the world for tourists.
The county's travel guide listed it as one of the top ten in the world. Only Sikkin in India and the Kimberley in Australia, were ahead of Yorkshire in the Lonely Planet`s Best in Travel guide for 2014
Endorsements rarely come much better than this, from a guide that has a worldwide reputation across tourism and informing visitors.
Listing the county as one of the best regions in the world for visitors in the coming year is in recognition of it being a fantastic all-rounder: with some of the most stunning scenery in the country, dynamic cities, friendly people and a burgeonning food scene.
In 2014 this welcoming region of rugged moorlands, heritage homes and cosy pubs will be able to hold its head even higher when the Tour de France begins it Grand Depart
Thirsk Morning newspaper
By Peter. Last updated Fri 5 Jun at 9.36pm.
Thirsk Morning is a single sheet newspaper for
visitors to Thirsk and for local residents.
It gives you vital information in planning a day out. Included are the weather forecast from the BBC and a snapshot of Thirsk Market Place. Both are less than an hour old whenever the newspaper is printed.
Following the weather and picture are two articles about fascinating places to visit. These articles change so that you will see new interesting stories every day.
Lastly there is a list of events happening today and, if there is space, some events for tomorrow.
If you will be travelling to North Yorkshire please print the newspaper in the days before you come.
Click HERE to see the latest edition of Thirsk Morning, produced less than an hour ago.
Please print the sheet rather than viewing it online.
Thirsk Shopping Week in 1930
By Peter. Last updated Thu 28 Feb at 4.59pm.
In 1930 Thirsk organised a 'Shopping Week' to promote local businesses. At TTI we are helping with 2013's promotions. In 1930 the equivalent of this website was a booklet you will find HERE and the following is a taster from it. We have different events now but things don't change too much in Thirsk!
Saturday, May 31st, 2 p.m. Opening speech by T. J. Lynch, Esq., Chairman of the Thirsk Parish Council. Spotting and Error Hunting begins. The Thirsk & Sowerby Prize Band will give two Concerts in the Market Place, at 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
Monday, June 2nd. Spotting and Hunting will be in full swing. Display judging by the public should take place,and entries sent in for the Safety First Driving Competition.
Tuesday, June 3th. Spotting and Hunting continues. In the evening the Safety First Driving Competition will commence at 6-30 p.m., from the Market Place, and continue for several hours. Be there to see the starters, and watch for the finishers.
Wednesday, June 4th. The Athletic Club are co-operating with the Chamber of Trade in arranging a pleasant time at the Athletic Club Ground. A Special Cricket Match between Thirsk 1st and York Revellers, will take piace in the afternoon. Tea will be served in the grounds. In the evening the T. & S. P. S. B. will play Dance Music.
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