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The county’s vibrant tourism agency, Welcome to Yorkshire, is mounting a marketing campaign in the far East, timed to coincide with the arrival of the Hull & Humber clipper, which is competing in the Round the World Yacht race. They’ll be spreading the word about our glorious region by presenting gifts such as Yorkshire tea and biscuits, while ministers will get a copy of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Taking tea to China might seem a strange one – especially if it’s the Indian variety – and it got me thinking what I’d pack in my suitcase to impress the Chinese. A copy of Dalesman, of course, would be first in the bag. A recipe for Yorkshire Pudding – not sure that a packet of Aunt Bessie’s frozen variety would be allowed in – and a ‘teach thissen Tyke’ phrase book would also be essential. Photographs of the Great Walls of the Dales and Ribblehead viaduct to show the supreme achievements of our proletariat workers together with guidebooks for Harewood House and Castle Howard to show what class difference is all about. Welcome to Yorkshire are trying to shake off our flat cap and ferret image so I suppose they’ll have to stay at home with the racing pigeons, but a pint of Timothy Taylor’s Landlord or Theakston’s Old Peculier would more than make up. Have you any more ideas about what to pack?

Photo shows Broughton Hall last week.

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  1. Chris

    Can you think of anything more delicious than smoked kippers from Fortunes of Whitby? Break a poached egg over the top and you have the perfect start to a January morning.

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