Now you're talking!
Yorkshire Day, CHRIS TITLEY asks some well known Tykes: what
does Yorkshire mean to you?
of Get Ahead Hats
born in Poppleton and I live in Poppleton. I am a great traveller:
I have been to many parts of the world with my husband. I don't always
look forward to coming home, but when I do come home, I realise how
nice it is.
was a Kentishman and my mother was from Hampshire. They moved up here
in the First World War. My father had an awful saying about York,
that it was poor, proud and pretty, but he may have had a point. We
don't have much in the way of great industry, but we have a lot going
for us. We are very proud of what we have in York, and it's certainly
pretty - that goes for all Yorkshire.
is a lot of different things: the scenery, the people, the genuineness.
We have the wonderful coastline: I have a daughter who lives in Scarborough
and I always love going.
a very broad spectrum of people in Yorkshire. We are cautious. We
don't tend to suffer fools gladly. But when we know it's right, we
know it's right.
a tough lot. We have weathered all sorts of problems. But I think
our times are just coming.
at Leeds. Look at the wealth that is being created, how many people
are commuting here from the south.
talk about Royal Ascot in York. I don't think York needs Ascot. We
tend to put ourselves down far too much.
had to leave, I would miss the variety of the scenery and the people:
the conversation and depth of character.
only got to go into a small pub - not one of those colour-co-ordinated
sit quietly in a corner you could write a million books from what
John Redpath, York
born in Winterscale Street in York 57 years ago. I've always loved
Yorkshire. It is a great county.
I became town crier I have learned a lot more about it: I didn't realise
how good it is.
love it. They like the old things. We had the Roman festival on Saturday.
They thought it was brilliant.
trains are really popular: I did one the other week to Scarborough
that knocked everybody out. And the Endeavour in Whitby is great.
here are special. Londoners think we're really outspoken.
a shovel a shovel, all that rubbish. You know where you stand with
Yorkshire folk. They know what they want and they say what they want.
asked me to emigrate I wouldn't go. I'd miss it all. The people, everything.
I couldn't live without Yorkshire fish and chips. And I love Yorkshire
bitter: John Smith's of Tadcaster.
thing I fall down on, I don't really like cricket. But I like Dickie
got a great sense of humour, and great comics like Johnny Casson of
Halifax, and Billy Pearce. The TV likes to come here with Heartbeat
TV researcher asked me what to film, I'd say do a series on town criers.
I'm amazed nobody's ever done one about town criers.
Penny Abbey, cookery
tutor and writer
born in Leeds, I live in Stillington, I went to university in Sheffield
and now I teach at Queen Ethelburga's, Thorpe Underwood.
says it's the friendliness of Yorkshire people that makes it special.
It's amazing. Friends who come up from down south always comment on
the way people smile and talk to other people in the street.
my daughters emigrated for a short time to Kent. She said people would
go into a shop and nobody would ask "how are you?" When
she returned from exile - she now sensibly lives in York - she said
you go out and expect to be greeted.
everywhere you go is wonderful. So are the tastes. There isn't anything
like Brymor ice cream, because it's family-made and fresh. You have
to queue for a while at its parlour at Masham because it's such a
top quality product it sells itself.
Yorkshire pudding. My granny was from an old mining family in Leeds.
They had it to start the meal. You made an immense Yorkshire pudding
and loads and loads of gravy. It filled you up, because meat was expensive.
you had your meat and two veg. If there was any pudding left over
it was served with jam at the end.
Steve Reed, York
storeman and ferret fancier
born and bred in Hull. I keep getting some stick down here from people
saying "you're not even a Yorkie" but it was Yorkshire then
and it still is Yorkshire. I moved to York when I was ten, 42 years
is the best place in Britain. We have got a caravan at Filey, and
we go there a good few weekends. My brother's got one in Whitby and
we walk across the moors.
people are just friendly. If you go anywhere else, they don't have
time for you. In Wales they all speak behind your back in their mother
tongue and you don't know what they're saying.
people have a tougher upbringing, unlike London where they're molly-coddled.
If they get an inch of snow in London, they make a big fuss about
it. If there's six inches of snow forecast in Yorkshire they just
say, it's going to snow, forget about it.
food is roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. I love Yorkshire pudding.
You can do all sorts with it. And steam puddings, treacle tarts with
custard, nothing like that namby-pamby Black Forest Gateau.
can't drink bitter at all. It doesn't do anything for me. That's my
failing. I can drink any amount of lager.
my four ferrets from a sanctuary at South Cave near Hull. There's
definitely a bond between a Yorkshireman and his ferret. At work I
don't have girlie pictures but pictures of my ferrets on the wall.
On TV programmes like Last of the Summer Wine, they always get a mention,
and Richard Whiteley got bitten by a ferret.
Scotland and they have never heard of them. It's a Yorkshire animal
and I'm a Yorkshire animal. If you call Hull Yorkshire, which it is.