Hard work nivver killed anyone –
but thowt of it’s killed many a thousand!
In this month’s Dalesman – on sale from this week –  we salute two Yorkshiremen who have worked tirelessly on behalf of the county over more years than they care to remember. I haven’t room here to mention Keith Madeley’s contribution to the county, while Raymond Twiddle is not only a hugely successful businessman he’s also this year’s president of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
Talking of making a name… when I attended the launching of Grand Central’s Ashley Jackson train last year I was delighted to see that a small foundry in Heckmondwike had made the impressive nameplate. On further investigation I learned that they also made royal nameplates and blue plaques – you can read of their remarkable business  in this month’s issue.
Now I’m not much of a TV fan but the ladies in the office tell me that Downton Abbey and Eternal Law are must-see programmes… but I wonder if they or you know of the Yorkshire connections – we reveal all. If like me football’s more in your line then you’ll know how all of us former amateur players love to talk about our ‘glory’ years in the game. Well this month we’ve ventured up into the Dales to hear memories of playing in the shadow of Penyghent. Gerrin there!
I’m of course now putting together April’s magazine when we’ll be including a walk above the quiet valley of Barbondale, so far west that not all of it falls within the West Riding boundary. My photo shows the dale in sombre mood.

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