Thanks to £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, a new spoken archive of material by former Dalesman editor Bill Mitchell is being set up by Settle Stories.
Eventually, Bill’s collection of recorded interviews with Dalesfolk, captured during and after his time with the magazine, will be available to hear online. Bill, who lives in Giggleswick, tells me: “Over the years, I have gathered an enormous number of tape recordings of dalesfolk living at a time which is long past. I started when I was at the Dalesman and continued in later years when I published many books under the imprint of Castleberg. I always wanted my tapes to go into archives, for preservation. I’m delighted they will be digitised to sustain them and be made available to inquirers, letting the people of today know in fine detail what life was like in the time of their grandparents.”
Bill is someone who never stops giving. He has also lent me a few items from his personal collection for an exhibition of Dalesman artwork and memorabilia which will go on show for three months from 3 April at The Folly in Settle. More about the event later.

I don’t really know why I took the camera with me on my early morning walk along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal yesterday (Sunday). It was foggy and constantly drizzling with icy rain. The path was frozen solid, as was most of the canal. The picture shows the unusual double-arch road bridge over the canal at East Marton.

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