Yorkshire sage Old Amos celebrates 60 years of wit and wisdom

That legendary Yorkshireman Old Amos is 60 this month and he’s still dishing out his monthly words of wisdom in Yorkshire dialect.

Amos has been a fixture of Dalesman magazine since May 1953, making him four years older than fellow northern cartoon character Andy Capp and just two years younger than Dennis the Menace.

Just two artists have drawn Old Amos over the last six decades – father and son Rowland and Pete Lindup. Pete carried on immediately after Rowland’s death in 1989.

Then and now: The very first Old Amos cartoon from May 1953 and as he is now, in 2013

Then and now: The very first Old Amos cartoon from May 1953 and as he is now, in 2013

Rowland once said that Old Amos has “the secret of perpetual old age”.

You can read the full story of Old Amos in June’s Dalesman magazine, but in the meantime, here is a selection of his famous pearls of wisdom…

 

 

“Folk ‘at think t’ least, talk t’ most”
“The things you find when you’re looking for summat are always more interesting than t’ thing tha’s looking for”
“Folk who think they know it all ‘ave a lot to learn”
“A gossip is a person wi’ a keen sense o’ rumour”
“It’s no good crying ower spilt milk – there’s plenty more watter in t’ tap”
“Many a man has lost a lot of money through t’ hole in t’top of his pocket”
“My grandson wants to know if I start again when I get to 100”
“Folk tell me I’m living in t’past. It’s a lot cheaper to do so”
“Monny a chap gets credit for being wise just because he sits still and says nowt – like an owl”

 

Old Amos creator Rowland Lindup at work

Old Amos creator Rowland Lindup at work

 

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