The inspirational four working mums who set a world record when they rowed across the Atlantic have been jointly named Yorkshire Woman of the Year 2016.
The Yorkshire Rows – Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, and Frances Davies – picked up the Skipton Building Society-sponsored honour at this year’s Dalesman Awards, which were held on 22 May 2016 at Utopia, Broughton Hall.
The event was held in memory of Dalesman managing director Robert Flanagan, who died suddenly earlier this year. Robert had been an instrumental part of the awards since they began ten years ago.
The Lifetime Achievement Award, renamed this year in honour of former Dalesman editor W R Mitchell, was won by long-standing Great Yorkshire Show secretary Bill Cowling.
The Food and Drink Producer of the Year, sponsored by Keelham Farm Shop, was named as Ian Taylor Free Range Eggs of Burton Leonard.
Young Achiever of the Year, an award sponsored by Yorkshire Bank, is Sam Moorhouse, who became the UK’s first manufacturer of Skyr yoghurt aged just twenty-two.
The Rural Tourism Award, sponsored by Yorkshire Cottages, was presented to Yorkshire Trike Tours.
Metcalfe Farms, of Leyburn, won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Clarion.
The event, which was hosted by Ian McMillan, was attended by a host of well-known Yorkshire people.
Music on the day was supplied by the wonderful Harrogate Male Voice Choir – www.harrogatemvc.org.uk – who entertained guests with a selection of songs.
From left: Laura Town, Judith and Jason Richards and Ian McMillan at the 2016 awards.