Local Historian Ian Dewhirst MBE Receives Dalesman Award
Keighley historian Ian Dewhirst MBE has picked up a Dalesman Award.
The retired reference librarian was presented with the WR Mitchell Lifetime Achievement award for his prolific work as a local historian and public speaker.
The 81-year-old - dubbed Mr Keighley - estimates he has given some 4,000 talks during his lifetime.
Christine Talbot, presenter of ITV Calendar, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this summer, was named Yorkshirewoman of the Year.
Razan Alsous, a Syrian-born cheese-maker who fled the war in her home country with her family before setting up a highly successful dairy business in West Yorkshire, received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Another cheesemaker, the Botton Creamery, based within the Camphill Community in the North York Moors, received the Food and Drink award.
And Debbie North, who has campaigned tirelessly for access for disabled people in the Yorkshire Dales, was named Dalesman’s Countryside Hero.
The awards ceremony was held at Utopia, Broughton Hall, near Skipton on Sunday, 13 May.
Host for the event was writer and broadcaster Ian McMillan.
Guests included some of Yorkshire’s best-known faces, including the Yorkshire Vet, Julian Norton, the Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda Owen and triple Olympic gold medal winning rower Andrew Triggs Hodge.
Entertainment was provided by some very talented youngsters from nearby Giggleswick School.
The Dalesman Awards are now in their twelfth year. They are aimed at celebrating the people and businesses of Yorkshire, with a particular focus on the countryside.
Judges are Sir Gary Verity, Alan Titchmarsh, Dr Linda Pollard, David Mitchell and Adrian Braddy.
Dalesman editor Adrian Braddy said: “It is a genuinely lovely, positive event and a delight to celebrate all that’s great about Yorkshire. This year we had some particularly inspirational winners with some remarkable stories to tell. Once again, the Dalesman Awards demonstrated the incredible diversity and talent we have here in Yorkshire.”
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