The Yorkshire Rural Awards on Thursday night provided a chance for some of the county’s hard-working country folk to glam up and rub shoulders with the titled and the famous. But more importantly Yorkshire’s top awards ceremony recognises the achievements of our rural heroes and it was a pleasure to meet people who are such a credit to the county. Their hard work, foresight and entrepreneurial skills, combined with the mighty efforts of organisations like Welcome to Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Society, Yorkshire Forward and many others, are helping this county set a fine example to the rest of the country. Proof once again that all that is needed to fight off a recession is a bit of Yorkshire grit. For full details of the awards go to

Picture by Linda Viney shows me dressed as the Fat Controller presenting the award for Restoration of the Year to Robin Hughes who renovated the derelict station master’s house at Dent Station. Robin employed only local people for the work and now the station is used for self catering cottage and by charities. BBC’s Harry Gration hosted the ceremony.

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  1. Paul Booth

    I think you cut the exactly right image for the editor of the excellent Dalesman magazine. The editor should look portly, avuncular and capable of swapping the odd farming or nature anecdote with consummate ease!


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