10 THINGS YORKSHIRE HAS GIVEN THE WORLD!
Nicole Snow LEEDS
AS people – usually people from Yorkshire – will tell you, it’s a smashing place.
The home of Emmerdale, Heartbeat and All Creatures Great and Small, we all know a bit about England’s biggest county, but what has it given us?
Today we look at some Yorkshire icons... YORKSHIRE PUDDINGS Invented by canny Yorkshire folk to make dinner go further, a Sunday roast without Yorkshires is plain wrong. Even Southerners like them. Interestingly, they’re not a real pud. But then Dr Fox is not a doctor and Professor Green isn’t a Professor. BEER Unlike the tasteless dishwater that pubs serve in the South, ale in Yorkshire is lively and full of flavour. Famous breweries include Black Sheep, Sam Smith’s based in Tadcaster and Timothy Taylor, in Keighley. LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE Three old men careering down a hill in a bath on wheels. These days, an idea like that would get you thrown out of any TV executive’s office. In 1973 the BBC snapped it up and ran it for 37 years. And in all that time they only needed THREE jokes! WENSLEYDALE CHEESE This is the cheese that Wallace and Gromit went to the Moon for. It’s that good. It’s certainly better than a cheese that’s made across the Pennines near Bolton – Nob End Cheese was never going to be a success? MICHAEL PARKINSON Professional Yorkie Parky will tell you at the drop of a hat why the place is so wonderful, which is why he lives in Windsor. But seriously, if you want a free pen just for enquiring, he’s your man. TOUR DE YORKSHIRE If you’ve been excited by that pedal-fest across the Channel recently, get thessen to Yorkshire where they have a real bike race. FAT LAD AT THE BACK Cycling clothes maker, Fat Lad at the Back (FLAB), might only be five years old but they have Yorkshire running through their DNA. The Ilkley based company has grown into one of the UK’s best loved cycling brands in just five short years, exporting to 42 countries with 25% year-on-year growth. YORKSHIRE TEA Launching in 1977 as a ‘Yorkshire blend for Yorkshire people’ they have grown from a local brand to the UK’s second favourite brew with over 23 per cent of the domestic market, and export globally. BETTY’S TEA ROOMS The poshest caff in the north of England, Betty’s Tea Rooms in Harrogate caters for the refined tastes of the elite – and coach parties from Morecambe. TOILETS If you’re not shitting out of a window, thank two Yorkshire men. Joseph Bramah, stopped toilets freeze inwinter and famous toilet designer, Thomas Crapper, is Yorkshire too.