It was a great privilege on Friday to hand over £20,000 to be shared between the Cave Rescue Organisation and the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association. That fabulous sum was the proceeds from this year’s Broughton Show, held in June at Broughton Hall, near Skipton. Without such generous donations the two charities would not be able to function. I sometimes feel a little responsible for keeping them both busy, what with Dalesman publishing a walk and enticing readers out into the fabulous Yorkshire countryside each month. For no matter how much we stress in the magazine the importance of being prepared I know that one day I’m going to read a rescue report which states: ‘Jan 31 – Man brought down from Penyghent; he was wearing T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops, carrying a beach ball and a copy of Dalesman.’
Broughton Show is a bit like Dalesman really… a bit unusual, a little quirky and very friendly and we’re very happy to continue our association with the event. One of the highlights of the show is always estate manager David Aynesworth’s attempt to jump across the river – having tasted his sloe gin at the cheque presentation at the Craven Arms, Appletreewick, I can see how he gets the notion that he can fly.
Photo shows Penyghent.