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1,000th issue cover – July 2022


A Yorkshire magazine is celebrating its 1,000th issue

Dalesman, which reaches the remarkable publishing milestone this July, has already received messages of congratulations from a host of tv stars.

The magazine was first published in April 1939, from the front room of a cottage in Clapham, in the Yorkshire Dales. In those early years, the magazines were delivered to the post office by wheelbarrow.

Launched just before the outbreak of war, the Dalesman very nearly didn’t survive more than a few months, as editor Harry J Scott considered ending his venture after war was declared. Fortunately, he opted to carry on, after readers informed him that copies were fulfilling a wartime need by being sent to the troops on the frontline, reminding them of happier times back home in Yorkshire.

Ever since, Dalesman has celebrated the wonders of Yorkshire – its people, humour, landscapes, photography and art.

Unlike many other magazines, Dalesman remains independent and locally operated. Its offices are in the iconic Gatehouse of Skipton Castle.

Among those offering congratulations on the magazine’s 1,000th issue, were Dame Judi Dench “Anyone who loves the Dales like I do, having been born and brought up in York, will know and love The Yorkshire Dalesman. It was always a special part of my childhood.  How wonderful it is still going strong and may it go on for another 1,000! “

Alan Titchmarsh MBE, said “The Yorkshire Dalesman is the heart, soul and spirit of the Dales. Long may it flourish.”

Sir Michael Parkinson went on to say “many congratulations on reaching your 1,000th issue. You should be very proud that your fine magazine obviously creates a feeling of loyalty from its readers.  You can’t wish for more than that.”

John Craven said “for as long as I can remember, The Yorkshire Dalesman has kept this exiled Yorkshireman in touch with the land of his birth. Good writing, photography and humour, reflecting the special character of the White Rose County.”

Editor Mick Smith said: “It’s an honour to be a footnote in the annals of Dalesman history on such a proud occasion. Today’s modern Dalesman still abides by the principles of the founding editor ‘to serve the interests of this great community’ and by continuing to do so we have spun a golden thread which ties us to our incredible readers.”

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