I must have watched The Railway Children more times than any other film – and that’s not just because it’s repeated endlessly on Sunday afternoons.

Beautifully acted, with the right mix of smiles and tears, and a story that never ages, it’s one of the few films the whole family can enjoy.

And then of course, there’s that platform scene, which still brings a lump to my throat, even after the umpteenth viewing.

One of the stars of the film, Jenny Agutter, went on to enjoy a stellar career, and she’s back on our screens this month with a new series of Call the Midwife. She found time to reminisce about her time in Yorkshire, and share a few anecdotes from her time here. You can find an interview with Jenny on page thirty-one.

Most readers will know that The Railway Children was filmed on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, which illustrates this month’s cover. Another Yorkshire location used in a blockbuster movie is Hardraw Force, which appeared in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner.

Recently I visited England’s highest single-drop waterfall to meet its current custodian and find out why he’s put this famous Dales landmark up for sale. If you’ve got a spare £1.5 million you could own an iconic piece of Yorkshire.

Happy New Year!

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This month’s great features

England’s highest waterfall for sale
Adrian Braddy pays a visit to Hardraw Force and the Green Dragon, which are both on the market

Yorkshire’s Railway Children
Actress Jenny Agutter tells Sebastian Oake about happy days on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Towering memory
Artist Kate Lycett uses words and paintings to recall the story of Manor Heath


This is our year
Andrew Gallon finds that Hull can’t wait to start celebrating its year as UK City of Culture

Making a huge difference
Andrew Gallon finds a lot of smiling going on at Carlshead Care Farm near Wetherby

Man of mystery
Phil Penfold visits Thornton-le-Dale to trace the history of a Yorkshireman who stood guard over Napoleon Bonaparte on the lonely isle of St Helena

Shells, shells and more shells…
Chris Bye reflects on the deaths of thirty-five female munition workers at Crossgates, near Leeds, in 1916

Hebden’s other bridges
Richard Carter crosses untroubled waters to reveal the stories about the town’s many bridges

My New Year’s resolutions
Ian McMillan is looking forward to 2017

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