Category Archives: Yorkshire Sport and Pastimes

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Was His Nibs a Yorkshire Man?

Not all great phrases and sayings are Yorkshire-centric and ‘His Nibs’ is probably one created for the home counties elite. In one version of the meaning and derivation ‘His Nibs’ is ‘a mildly derisive mock title used to refer to … Continue reading

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Participation Sport

What can be flat or crown?    social or competitive?    indoor or outdoor? What can be for cereal, soup, fruit or salad? Bowls I hear you shout! But with the title ‘Participation Sport’ it unlikely to be a form of device … Continue reading

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Quirky Knitting Facts in Yorkshire

Old Shop Baa Baa Brighouse has teamed up with a number of Yorkshire based indie dyers to bring you the Yan Tan Tethera Yarn Club. They produce specialty yarns, that have been reared, sheared, spun or dyed in ‘God’s Own … Continue reading

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Teach Your Budgerigar to Speak Yorkshire

I remember my father saying he breed budgies before WWII in his attic at home. It was more than a hobby as he then sold them to Luther Wrights pet shop and any budgerigar fanciers. There was a skill when … Continue reading

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Yorkshire Carrier of Pigeons

A racing pigeon needs a carrier and a carrier pigeon needs a boy racer in a silver car to help transport them. Fancy That : Pigeon Facts There are over 300 species of pigeon and dove or columbines as they … Continue reading

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Off to Wetherby Races

If you are thinking of a drink on the way to or from the races, jump too it. Bear in mind that you need to be well shod at the Three Horseshoes on the Horsefair at Boroughbridge (below). The Wetherby … Continue reading

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Captain England Play for Yorkshire

                  Lord Hawke,  7th Baron Hawke of Towton played for Yorkshire from 1881 to 1911. He captained England 4 times winning all of those matches. Stanley Jackson 1905 won his only test … Continue reading

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Dickie Bird of Barnsley

In the 2012 New Years Honours list Dickie Bird of Barnsley has been awarded the OBE. Other sporting awards for Yorkshire folk go to Jamie Peacock from Leeds Rhinos and Taekwondo champion Sarah Stevenson from Doncaster Continue reading

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Take a Turkish Bath to Unwind your Mind

Pamper yourself at the Turkish Baths in Harrogate. In the 21st century it is seen as a luxury way of relaxing but it was not always so. At one time it was a treatment and possible cure for a range … Continue reading

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World Coal Carrying Championship at Gawthorpe Again

Every year the World Coal Carrying Championship is held in Yorkshire on Easter Monday. At Easter in Gawthorpe grown men l run the mile from The Beehive public house to the Royal Oak, known locally as t’Barracks , carrying a … Continue reading

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