The real Her­riot to my first home

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this mu­sic and sur­rounded by York­shire’s al­lure, there were times when I ex­pe­ri­enced such emo­tion I couldn’t put it into words. In essence I felt as though life couldn’t get any bet­ter.” Alf’s gen­eros­ity was demon­strated again when Peter wed his beloved part­ner Lin. Alf gave them a hand-carved ta­ble and knocked £1,000 off the £7,000 loan he had given Peter to buy an ex-girl­friend out of a house they lived in. Like Alf, Peter was ded­i­cated to his job and he tells how he even fit­ted in a farm visit while tak­ing Lin to hos­pi­tal to give birth in 1987. “Doc­tors said Lin needed a cae­sarean,” he says. “I wanted to drive her there. But I de­cided to look in on some cows first as it was a long-stand­ing client and it was on my way. Lin wasn’t sur­prised but we did make it to the hos­pi­tal for Emily to be born.”


Peter also chron­i­cles the sad times, such as 1995, when Alf died of cancer and Don­ald took his own life months after his wife died.

Don­ald had backed vol­un­tary eu­thana­sia and, says Peter, took an over­dose of pills nor­mally used to “eu­thanise vi­cious dogs”.

Peter also re­calls the 2001 foot-and-mouth epi­demic, say­ing: “It was a dev­as­tat­ing pe­riod that saw the slaugh­ter of an­i­mals in a des­per­ate bid to pre­vent dis­ease spread­ing. I was at the cen­tre of

this storm. My­self and Lin were in­vited to lunch with Prince Charles at St James’s Palace for my ef­forts. I found my­self jok­ing with the heir to the throne when a Welsh farmer told us he’d been given £7 for his daugh­ter’s three guinea pigs who had to be killed. Prince Charles asked what the £7 was for.

“I leaned in and said ‘meat value, Sir’. I was jok­ing but I wasn’t pok­ing fun at the guinea pigs. It was just that a few pounds for three in­nocu­ous pets, when en­tire com­mu­ni­ties had been dec­i­mated in an emer­gency that cost bil­lions, was surely an

oc­ca­sion for a Peter with ac­tor Christo­pher Tim­o­thy lit­tle black hu­mour. Lin asked a waiter for a wine la­bel as a sou­venir and he gave her an un­opened bot­tle from High­grove. She came out with it un­der her jacket as if she’d stolen it!”

In 2015 Peter be­came a star of TV him­self with the fly-on-the­wall se­ries about life at his prac­tice. The York­shire Vet is now in its sev­enth se­ries, pulls in two mil­lion view­ers on Tues­day nights and sells to a global au­di­ence too.

The York­shire Vet – In The Foot­steps of Her­riot is out in hard­back. Use the of­fer code VET at mir­ror­ or call 0044 1256 302699, lines open from 8.30am to 5.30pm,


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