This month’s edition is tinged with sadness for, as we were putting it together, we learned that Yorkshire had lost another of its finest writers and greatest advocates.

Peter Walker, the man behind television phenomenon Heartbeat and writer of
millions of words about his beloved home county, died just a couple of weeks after
penning June’s instalment of the Chronicles of Kelderdale for the Dalesman.

Christine Jopling, who illustrated all of the Kelderdale stories, has sketched one last touching picture to accompany the piece I have written about Peter’s career, on page 44.

Peter leaves a remarkable legacy and we were privileged to have him write for us over the last few years.

You can read the final chapter of Peter’s Chronicles of Kelderdale in this month’s magazine. I’m sure it will raise a smile.

Another creative talent who has been putting a smile on faces around the world is cover star Alister Colley, who was recently named the country’s best-selling artist.

After a spell in hospital put his burgeoning career on hold, he is now working on collections for galleries in London and the US. The good news is that, despite this global success, he insists “home will always be Yorkshire”.


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This month’s great features

Of euphoniums, flugelhorns and Slaidburn
Tony Greenbank sings a song of praise for the 120-year-old Muker Silver Band

The Yorkshire in ourselves
Puzzle-maker Julian Morgan travels the Broad Acres in his quest for trivia

Back behind the brush
Alister Colley, one of Britain’s bestselling artists, on his battle with illness and his bid to make it in the US




Plenty in reserve
Andrew Gallon visits Skerne Wetlands, a paradise for water-bound wildlife

A Yorkshireman to the end
Adrian Braddy on the life of a Yorkshire literary giant, Peter Walker

Otley full of cheer
Phil Penfold tours the town that claims to have the most pubs per person in the country

Champagne days
Chris Bye recalls lazy summers and some deliciously Tyke refreshment

Wishbones, feathers and spotty mugs
Victoria Benn visits a gallery in the Dales

A walk in Langstrothdale
Colin Speakman guides you along a classic Dales trail

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