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Invitation to walkers in Thirsk and Sowerby
By Jo.  Last updated Mon 2 Mar at 10.52pm.

Thirsk and Sowerby are nationally registered as Walkers are Welcome towns and we are hoping to encourage walking at all levels in and around the town for both residents and vistors. Anyone who is interested in becoming part of a new walking group 'Walkers Welcome' in Thirsk and Sowerby is invited to an inaugural walk around the two towns on Sunday 8th March at 10.00 am, followed by coffee and a chat. The walk will start at the Thirsk Tourist Information building in the Market Square and will take about an hour and a half

Mayor of Thirsk to receive Magna Carta facsimile
By Peter.  Last updated Tue 17 Feb at 6.43pm.

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As part of the events to commemorate the direct link between Thirsk and the Magna Carta, the Mayor of Thirsk, Mrs Janet Watson, will receive a facsimile copy of the Charter from the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mr Barry Dodd CBE (who will be in uniform).

The event will take place on Thursday 5 March at 10.00am at Castlegarth, once the site of Thirsk Castle.

The facsimile is on parchment. It is a copy of one of four copies of the 1215 version of Magna Carta, reproduced with the kind permission of the British Library. It is printed on sheepskin parchment by the firm of William Cowley, Buckinghamshire, the only commercial manufacturer of genuine Sheepskin Parchment in the UK.

The link between Thirsk and Magna Carta lies in William de Mowbray, who was one of the barons involved in the creation of Magna Carta in 1215. William de Mowbray was a descendant of Baron d’Aubigny who came over with Duke William of Normandy in 1066. One of the de Mowbray estates was in Thirsk. The surrounding area bears his name as the Vale of Mowbray. Lord Mowbray, the titular successor to William de Mowbray will be present at the ceremony on 5th March.

Please come, in medieval dress if you can!

The picture, from a board on Castlegarth, shows a motte & bailey castle. Thirsk Castle may have looked like this in medieval times.

100 years from the start of WW1 in 1914
By Peter.  Last updated Mon 4 Aug at 11.23pm.

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At 11am today Thirsk residents and visitors turned out in force to remember those killed in the First World War and subsequent conflicts. Thirsk Royal British Legion were there and after the one minute's silence a member of the Brass Band played the Last Post.

Until Friday there's a free exhibition at the Quaker Meeting House in Kirkgate (opposite Herriot Centre). The 'Your Choice in 1914' exhibition shows the options everyone faced. Many of the displays are by Thirsk schoolchildren.

Tonight at 10.30pm there was a Candlelit Vigil in Thirsk Market Place to mark when war was declared 100 years ago. It was organised by Churches Together in Thirsk.

Free WiFi in the Market Place
By Peter.  Last updated Wed 30 Apr at 8.57pm.

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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 Fri 7 Feb at 9.02pm.

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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.

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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 22 Mar at 5.12pm.

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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.

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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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