Old Amos a Great Old Dalesman

Legendary Yorkshireman Old Amos is 65 this year but regrettably  there will be no pension for Old Amos because he was above pensionable age when he first appeared!

Old Amos has been a fixture at the Dalesman magazine since May 1953 although its first edition was published in 1939 under the original title of ‘The Yorkshire Dalesman: A Monthly Magazine of Dales’ Life and Industry’. Old Amos is still capable of dishing out words of wisdom in Yorkshire dialect.The wry humour of Dalesfolk is continued in current monthly issues of Dalesman now published from Skipton.

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  1. Born in Clapham at the Dalesman maternity unit in 1953. Mother unknown father Rowland Lindup cartoonist with a twist. He must have surprised the midwife by being born with a full white beard, old jacket and hat making him look quite rotund and ancient.
  2. He was originally named ‘Owd Amos’ to differentiate him from the old testament version of Amos who I am sure his subsequent followers knew was one of the Twelve Minor Prophets in the Hebrew Bible and old testament.
  3. Prior to publication he used deed poll to become the more familiar and avuncular ‘Old Amos’ using one aspect of the poll tax to good effect.
  4. His first words were ‘A word of advice – nivver give it’.
  5. Some of his later words were ‘Ah’ve always been too busy to grow old.’ ‘Old age is when it takes twice as long to rest and ‘alf as long to get tired.’ and ‘ It doesn’t matter how old you are but how you are old!
  6. His other biography may be available in Amazon
  7. Very Old Amos lived in the kingdom of Judah and is a prophet in the old testament

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Harrogate’s Great War Terriers

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Interesting Comment and Facts about The Harrogate Terriers

  • A Roll of Honour and medal lists of 2,000 officers and men known to have served during the war to end all wars is contained in the book.
  • General Haig accused the Terriers of being “too sleepy” to fight well on the Somme
  • Excelling at the Battle of Thiepval Ridge, and then again at Passchendaele in 1917 General Haig could no longer use them as a convenient scapegoats for his own failures.
  • John Sheehan’s book ‘Harrogate Terriers’ traces individual stories of tragedy and heroism during the Great War. In the book he uses personal and military diaries, with hundreds of carefully selected newspaper extracts, letters and photographs
  • The terriers included all trades and groups including teachers, tradesmen, apprentices, lawyers, musicians, sportsmen and whole families.
  • Other battles included  the Battle of Aubers Ridge, Ypres  a rear-guard action on the Menin Road, Second Battle of Kemmel Ridge, and action at Cambrai and Valenciennes.
  • Corporal Harry Holmes from St. Mary’s Walk in Harrogate was wounded in 2015 declared missing at the Battle of The Somme where he died on 28th September 2016. For more see Harrogate Advertiser

Girls not on a Train


















The Liverpool to Scarborough train has just dropped me at Seamer the penultimate station before the terminus – If it doesn’t stop in Scarborough then it will end up in the briny. Later in the day I return via Filey and waited an hour for a return train through York and Leeds.

Teenage Behaviour or Misbehaviour

  • I was at the end of the platform taking the snaps. Four early teenage females were acting the goat and disturbing the only other two ladies in the waiting room/shelter.
  • The teenagers bragged that they had be ‘thrown out of McDonald for amongst other things sticking a chip up someones nose’.
  • At Seamer, no doubt bolstered by earlier misdemeanor, whilst waiting for the Filey/ Bridlington train they were acting in a loud, coarse and threatening manner to the consternation of the two ladies.
  • One of the ladies took them to task in a professional manner by discussing what the future consequences of acting as they did. ‘If they wanted to have good clothes, afford a car and expected a reasonable life style they needed to work’. She went further suggesting that they had little prospects of getting a job with the attitude and disrespect they showed.
  • The lady was an HR professional at a good company in York, Paragon Creative whose products for the entertainment industry should have a lot of street cred with the girls. She told them that despite wanting to recruit young people she would not employ them even if they could do the job because their conduct was wrong.
  • The other lady remained a bit shaken. She felt if she had been alone with the teenagers she would have been frightened.

I arrived too late on the tableau and would have been ineffective as a bloke arguing with four girls could create the wrong impression. Everyone including the girls were probably glad when they got on the Sheffield bound train and we were happy to wait for the York- Liverpool bound connection.


Yorkshire’s Richest People

Five years ago we commented on the then wealth generated by various people of Yorkshire

  • 1st Eddie and Malcolm Healey. Combined weatlh of £1.5 billion (UK – 42nd) Eddie Healey was the developers of the Meadowhall shopping centre, in Sheffield. He made £420 million by selling his stake in the development in 1999. His brother, Malcolm, 67, built up and later sold the Hygena Kitchens business and has invested in ebuyer, an internet retailer with annual sales of about £250m.
  • 2nd Sir Ken Morrison (UK – 66th) – £1.11 billion. Owner of Morrisons supermarket, developed from market stall founded by father in late Victorian Britain. Sir Ken is now also owner of farms in North Yorkshire and president of Great Yorkshire Show. Retired supermarket supremo remains the second richest man in Yorkshire, according to this year’s Sunday Times Rich List to be published on Sunday.


Other Yorkshire Rich People.

  • Lawrence Tomlinson – motor racing fan. Made wealth from sale of Orchard Care Homes business
  • Hamish Ogston who founded the York-based CPP and is worth £530 million (2008)
  • Jack Tordoff (11th) – £290 million owners of the Bradford-based JCT600 motors group, which operates 48 dealerships across Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, and the North-East. Their fortune is measured at , placing them at equal 279th in the UK.
  • David Hood (15th) – £370 millionfounder of Saltaire electronics firm Pace and the Multiflight air charter operation based at Leeds Bradford International Airport.
  • Sir Robert Ogden (20th) £150 million, Former Otley-based construction chief and now a computer entrepreneur, is Yorkshire’s 20th richest man, worth which ranks him at equal 501st in the overall list.
  • Me (4,000,345th) – £279 I own a Reynolds 531 Racing bicycle worth £279.

Overall, the wealth of the top ten in Yorkshire at £7,22 billion.

The annual Sunday Times Rich List is based on identifiable wealth (land, property, other assets such as art and racehorses, or significant shares in publicly quoted companies), and excludes bank accounts (to which the publisher has no access).



Yorkshire Rich at T&A

John Prescott MP Kingston upon Hull East

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Hull the City of Culture 2017

Baron Prescott, of Kingston upon Hull in the County of East Yorkshire formerly John ‘Prezza’ Prescott or ‘Two Jags’ as he was known during his time as Deputy Prime Minister has been his eloquent self again.  When asked about a potential second home in Blakeney he said  ‘Why would I want to go and live in bloody Norfolk for God’s sake? Nothing good ever came out of bloody Norfolk since Oliver Cromwell.’

Prescott Quotes

‘But I generally recognise, unless we lift the amount of houses in supply, we are not likely to reduce greatly that increase in prices in housing, which even now is two or three times people’s yearly earnings.’

‘I love coming to Tories seats and roughing them up… that is what elections are about.’

‘The objectives remain the same and indeed that has been made clear by the Prime Minister in a speech yesterday that the objectives are clear and the one about the removal of the Taliban is not something we have as a clear objective to implement but it is possible a consequence that will flow from the Taliban clearly giving protection to Bin Laden and the UN resolution made it absolutely clear that anyone that finds them in that position declares themselves an enemy and that clearly is a matter for these objectives.’

That famous punch worthy of Richard Dunn at his best ‘is the only memorable moment Prezza provided in a political career stretching over four decades’ have a look at the hook on You Tube. There is 15 minutes of John Prescott on You Tube if you want some elocution lessons.

The John Prescott Kama Sutra by Kelvin Mackenzie
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Cockersdale and Keith Marsden Doin’ the Manch

Doin’ the manch is the title and first song on a re-released album of songs from Cockersdale and the pen and fertile mind of Keith Marsden. Hopefully this song is playing as a tribute to Keith who died in 1991.
The Manch is Manchester Road in Bradford which contained a record number of pubs most of which get mentioned by Keith in his humorous manner. There was also a serious side to Keiths songs about social conditions in the Yorkshire mines and mills and Cockerdale still sing many of them on the 3 CD’s and in live performances. The live show entitled ‘Picking Sooty Blackberries ‘ is pure Keith but Cockersdale performed ‘Lest we Forget’ the songs of Rudyard Kipling and Peter Bellamy at the Whitby Festival 2008.
Cockersdale Top Ten

Bring Us a Barrel
Follow me Home
Hills of Mullaghbawn
Lost at 21
Three Cheers for Booze
Will Ye Go Te Flanders?
Cholera Camp
Raglan Road
St Aubin sur Mer
Left, Left, Right, Steady
Morley Main =
Home Lads Home

I originally penned this comment in 2009 and went on to watch the reformed Cockersdale at Whitby. The music pathos and humour are still as evocative as the early days with Keith and Cockerdale. Been Around For Years one of 4 LP’s is still available from Fellside

Wilfred Pickles Have a Go

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You can get snippets of Wilfred Pickles as an actor on youtube or watch a full comedy series with Jimmy Jewel from Barnsley on this boxed DVD of More Northern Comedy.

According to wikipedia Wilfred Pickles was a proud Yorkshireman, (aren’t we all) ‘born in Halifax and having been selected by the BBC as an announcer for its North Region radio service, went on to be an occasional newsreader on the National service during World War II. He was the first newsreader to speak in a regional accent rather than the “BBC English” of the period, and caused some comment with his farewell catchphrase “… and to all in the North, good neet”.’

One of his books ‘The Wifred Pickles Gay Street Book’ with Enid Blyton and the Biggles author Captain W.E. Johns, et al. wouldn’t pass the politically correct brigade in current publishing. In the early post war years Wilfred Pickles was as close to a modern day Celebrity as you could get. Wireless was a great medium for developing catch phrases and Wilfred had his fair share including “Give him the money, Mabel”, “How do, How are yer?”, “Give ’em the money, Barney!” (Barney Colehan) and “Are yer courting?”

The title song to his radio show ‘Have a Go’ will be remembered by the many who attended or listened to the show over it’s 21 years. They never visited the same place twice and had over 1500 outstanding invitations to visit when the show finished.

      “Have a go, Joe, come on and have a go
      You can’t lose owt, it costs you nowt
      To make yourself some dough.
      So hurry up and join us, don’t be shy
      and don’t be slow.
      Come on Joe, have a go!”

Theme and words by Jack Jordan

Mabel, Wilfred’s wife took over ‘at the table’ and Violet Carson (Ena Sharples of Coronation Street) played the piano. The original prize money was 1 pound 18/6, awarded in increments of 2/6, 5/-, 10/- and 1 guinea.

The autobiography of Mabel Pickles by Mabel Myerscough Pickles is still available in some book shops.

Last of the Summer Policemen

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In Scarborough some while back I saw this familiar face signing his book of poetry on the pavement on Bar Street. (His hand and pen were doing the signing not the face).

Ken Kitson was born in Bradford in 1946 and has had a varied career on British television since the 1970s.
He has been in The Sweeney, Minder, Danger UXB, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and four times played different parts in Coronation Street.

As a droll policeman in Last of the Summer Wine, he will be a familiar face to many. I for one could not put him in context as I walked past.

Ken is trying to raise £2 million to release a movie based on his screenplay “Fistful of Dreams”. ‘The film will be set in Yorkshire, telling the story of Will Case, an unemployed Bradford divorcee disillusioned with society who decides to start living by the romanticised code of the West; dressing as a cowboy and taking part in quick draw competitions.’ For more see Tabard


Amazon  reviews

‘ This book reveals another side of Ken – the poet. Sensitive and imaginative, Ken’s poems are none the less highly accessible. His subjects and messages are drawn from a real world we can all experience and share in. Moods, Moments & Memories draws on material from the whole of Ken’s career.’

‘This book was not what I was expecting either. But I will keep it to add to my collection of Summer Wine books.

While I certainly do not regret ordering this book, it was not exactly what I expected. I thought it was going to be an autobiography by Ken Kitson rather than a book of his poetry. Hope he will write his life’s story in the future because I have enjoyed his acting for years in Last of the Summer Wine.

Gods Own Summer Wine