Slightly belated congratulations to one of our Archive donors: Bill Mitchell has been voted the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s greatest living cultural icon. Bill has written almost 200 books about their Dales, their people, railways, wildlife and industry, full of anecdotes and characters. He is president of the Yorkshire Dales Society.
The poll was part of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Countryside Act, which led to the creation of the National Parks. Alf Wight, aka James Herriot, topped the poll for deceased cultural icon; I’m pleased to see Arthur Raistrick, another of our archive creators, was also on the shortlist.