TV’S YORK­SHIRE VET ON

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Peter aged six

Chan­nel 5 favourite Peter Wright was a strug­gling young pro­fes­sional when he was given a £7,000 loan by his men­tor Alf Wight, bet­ter known by his pen name James Her­riot.

Alf had shown Peter the ropes at the same time as he was writ­ing the All Crea­tures Great and Small books, which be­came a huge hit on the BBC.

The loan helped Peter se­cure his first home and ce­mented a friend­ship de­scribed in an en­ter­tain­ing new book, The York­shire Vet – In The Foot­steps of Her­riot.

The mem­oir tugs at the heart strings with one sen­tence then leaves you in stitches with the next as the vet’s tales un­fold.

Peter re­veals how Alf changed his life by dip­ping his hand so deep into his pocket.

HUM­BLE

He says: “That ges­ture by Alf to help me when I was strapped for cash is a mea­sure of the man who in­spired me to be­come a vet.

“He was one of the most loyal men you could meet but he wouldn’t thank me for telling peo­ple of his kind­ness – he was a very hum­ble man and a bril­liant hu­man be­ing.”

Peter, 62, was a teenager when he did work ex­pe­ri­ence for Alf and fel­low vet Don­ald Sin­clair in Thirsk, North York­shire.

He then went to Liver­pool Ve­teri­nary School where he and pals gath­ered round the TV for All Crea­tures Great and Small.

The show fea­tured Christo­pher Tim­o­thy as James Her­riot, while Robert Hardy and Peter Dav­i­son played Siegfried and Tris­tan Farnon – ver­sions of Don­ald Sin­clair and brother Brian.

Peter re­calls: “We would crowd around the crackly TV set on a Sun­day night. See­ing Don­ald and Alf as Siegfried and James made me proud and a lit­tle homesick.”

Peter spent his first year as a vet in Lu­ton be­fore re­turn­ing to Thirsk to join Alf and Don­ald. “I was elated,” he says. And life was never dull. Peter says: “Once, Don­ald and Alf’s son Jim were do­ing a cat spay. The pa­tient sud­denly

JUST A PUP

HUSBANDRY AND WIFE Peter and bride Lin, with men­tor James Her­riot among guests

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