North Yorkshire gets visit from Countryfile presenter Matt Baker

The Westmorland Gazette: North Yorkshire gets visit from Countryfile presenter Matt Baker North Yorkshire gets visit from Countryfile presenter Matt Baker

PRESENTER Matt Baker was in North Yorkshire on Friday (April 11) filming a feature about the Dalesman Magazine.

The Countryfile star interviewed former Dalesman editor Bill Mitchell in Clapham about his time at the magazine, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this month.

He told Mr Baker about the early years of the magazine, and encounters with famous names such as JB Priestley, who wrote in the very first issue.

Dalesman Magazine was founded in Clapham in April 1939 by former Yorkshire Post and Craven Herald journalist Harry Scott.

Bill Mitchell joined a decade later and he is the oldest living editor of the Yorkshire magazine.

For its anniversary, Dalesman Magazine carried out a poll to find the 75 greatest icons of Yorkshire, with the Yorkshire pudding coming top.

As well as reporting on its anniversary, Countryfile has filmed features on a number of the icons.

After the Clapham visit, Matt Baker and the camera crew travelled to Wensleydale, where they were due to film a brass band, visit Aysgarth Falls, and make a batch of Yorkshire puddings.

Other icons due to be featured in the BBC One programme included Whitby jet, fish and chips, Ilkley Moor and Bettys tea rooms.

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