Who would have thought that when Harry Scott sat down in his front room in Clapham in 1939 and started typing “I offer this first number of ‘The Yorkshire Dalesman’ for your consideration” that his magazine would still be going 1,000 issues later? That we are is solely down to you, our readers, and advertisers.
Mr Scott’s stated aim in launching his journal was to “serve the interests of this great community”, and that remains as true today as it did 83 years ago. So, to that end, we do hope you enjoy your latest edition, featuring as it does, some of your favourite columnists and contributors, cartoons, competitions, puzzles and photographs.
In addition, we tell of one man’s love affair with the North Sea, and how he’s continuing a family fishing legacy stretching back hundreds of years. And speaking of the past, secrets which have been hidden for centuries have been discovered at a Yorkshire manor house – and thanks to Lottery funding they have now been saved for future generations. We also discover how a political scandal helped the development of one of the county’s most spectacular gardens, and as we continue to bask in Th e Queen’s Jubilee year, we reveal how we used to do such things. We do hope you enjoy it.
Mick Smith – editor