Let’s Hear It For Kingston upon Hull

Kingston upon Hull the 4th largest Yorkshire city is better known as Hull. As we move into a post pandemic era I would like to think Yorkshire folk will help support our less fortunate communities and that would certainly include Hull.

Issues for Hull

  • Hull is commercially and socially poor with higher than acceptable unemployment.
  • Since the damage caused during the blitz Hull has experienced intermittent decline over several decades. This has led to systemic deprivation, low educational attainment and high levels of crime in comparison to other cities.
  • Transport links do not match the aspirations of a a thriving port and a city once the UK’s capital of culture (2017).
  • Hull feels though it punches below its weight (despite John Prescott). It should move from the lightweight to the super heavyweight division

Positives for Hull

  • As a port on the humber estuary Hull has strong links with Europe and fishing industries. An idea place for a Freeport?
  • The location augers well for development of ‘green industry’ to augment existing employers and technology work.
  • William Wilberforce was a leader in the abolition of the slave trade. A first BLM advocate.
  • The Museums Quarter and civic art galleries show that culture can be found in and around Hull There is nightlife and excellent football and rugby teams. The cities facilities should help it be a more attractive holiday and trip location.

Give Hull your support as a visitor or tourist,  we will be there again soon

Old Light Ship on the River Hull

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Farmers Markets Post EEC & Brexit

As the common agricultural policy disappears into the bureaucratic distance is a great time to focus on local produce and local markets.

In Praise of Farmers markets

  • These markets are sociable and help rural economies
  • They offer home made products often cooked on site
  • Local meat and veg can be fresher, more tasty than supermarket products packaged in plastic
  • They tend to supply produce that generate less food miles or eco-unfriendly miles from farm to plate
  • They will show Europe we can supply great Yorkshire food without their bureaucratic administration

Farmers’ Markets a selection in Yorkshire

  • Driffield Farmers’ Market at the The Showground, 1st Saturday in the month
  • Grassington Farmers’ Market, 4th Sunday in the month
  • Harrogate Farmers’ Market, Cambridge Street, 2nd Thursday in the month
  • Holmfirth Farmers’ Market, Market Hall, 3rd Sunday in the month
  • Malton Monthly Food Market, Market Place, 2nd Saturday in the month
  • Sheffield Farmers Market
  • Rotherham Farmers Market
  • Doncaster Farmers Market
  • See more Dales markets on GOC

Buy British Buy From Yorkshire Farmers Support local economies

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RHS Harlow Carr – Corporate or Charity?

The Northern Horticultural Society based in Harrogate was in a bit of state in 2001 when it was subsumed by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). The grounds at Harlow Carr could have benefited from more investment but what garden couldn’t? Still the RHS had the muscle to boss the ‘merger’ and take the lead in changing Harlow Carr.

I volunteered for a few years but progressively became less impressed with the political nature of the RHS. To a volunteer it appeared to be run very much as a business but with some of the waste and excesses of poor organisation. On my Gardeners Tips website during 2017 I posted the following comments:

‘Negatives or ‘What The RHS is not Good For’

  • As a charity benefiting from the tax breaks and ‘public’ support is it fulfilling all the requirements to enjoy this support.
  • The society has £96 million held in cash and investments which is well in excess of the annual income of £73m. Even bearing in mind the new garden in Salford this seems excessively conservative.
  • On one level the RHS is a glee club for the county and wanabee set. Evidenced by all the luvvies at Chelsea where social climbers out number horticultural climbers and scramblers.
  • There is an appearance of commercial and personal vested interests & cliquishness.
  • The Chatsworth flower show could be renamed a clothes show with flowers.
  • My experience as a volunteer at the RHS was frustrating due to the corporate ethos and management of the time (2005-2009).’

Humble Pie New Thoughts

  • Compared to other charities and public organisations RHS have avoided negative publicity. They have not fallen into ‘woke’ and culture issues that detract from the core purpose unlike the National Trust, Oxfam or Education establishments.
  • The Harlow Carr grounds continue to improve every year and are a gem in the Yorkshire gardening tradition.
  • In 20 years much has been achieved with buildings and extensions to the facilities. If that was at a cost to old traditionalists then so be it, we await the next decade with more anticipation.
  • During the 2020 Covid crisis members have had as many opportunities as could have safely been made available.
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Electricity Power Politics

The old Yorkshire Electricity Board (YEB, 1948-1990) is long gone as is its initial successor Yorkshire Electricity Group. It now resides under the sobriquet npower. The YEB was formed from an amalgamation of local and municipal power companies shortly after WW ll. It succumbed to privatisation in 1990 along with the rest of the electricity generation and distribution industry.

Shocking news for customers of Yorkshire Energy a very young company has just been published on their website:   ‘After 2 and a half years in operation we sadly have begun proceedings to cease trading….’ Ofgem, the energy regulator,will appoint a new supplier for customers, which will be announced on Saturday 5th December.

Yorkshire Energy was also known as Daisy Energy and as one bright spark said it is now pushing them up.,

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Dales Cyclists and Cycling

For the novice cyclist the climb from Silsden to Embsay Moor is quite steep and the bends can be sharp. It’s not  a good descent for experts as these dual signings warning of ‘slow’ and ‘max speed of 15mph’ for the sharp switchback show.

Expert cyclists born in Yorkshire will have ridden more miles in the dales than you can imagine. It is a sport that requires extensive training and that means getting miles under your belt. There are numerous young talented cyclists from Yorkshire pedaling towards success. Congratulations to Harry Tanfield who will join Qhubeka Assos at the world tour level next season. Good luck to Burley-in-Wharfedale cyclist Scott Thwaites with his team, NetApp Endura.

Below you can see some of the best  Yorkshire cyclists according to other sites but they are a ever increasing list.

Cycling Legends
Yorkshire top 10
48 Yorkshire Cyclists from Wikipedia

It is not only the hills where the dales offer a challenge the weather can also be a bit wet!


so it pays to keep dry!

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Sea Shanties from Halifax?

Kimber’s Men are called by some a ‘Musical group’ but that depends on what you think about sea shanties and songs of the sea. Well in Halifax where this group of singers originated that probably says a lot.

Performing around Europe and for the BBC takes second fiddle to the concerts such AS those at Shepley festival  with ‘the incredibly talented and lovely Skelmanthorpe Brass Band.’

Imagine a quartet of 5 blokes using close harmonies, acapella and  several instrumental guitars,whistles, harmonium and bodhran  to visualise the type of performance to expect. However the photo on their website, with one finger in the ear may make you consider putting yours in both ears.

Some Capital Songs on Talking Elephant and Shanties & Songs of the Sea



  1. Any negative views expressed are those of my wife and family who do not always appreciate the folk club trips and visits to Whitby festivals. Not to mention the collection of cd’s played early in the morning at at high volume.
  2. Halifax-by-the-sea is a mere fifty miles from the coast (if you call Southport the coast) but is 75 miles from Bridlington or Hull an occasional home of the sea shanty and maritime festival.
  3. The editor recommends getting press ganged into hearing and seeing Kimber’s Men during 2021.

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Alphabet in Yorkshire For a Young Tyke

Amongst many words written and spoken about Yorkshire folk I have singled out these ‘There’s only two kind of people them that are born in Yorkshire and them that wish they were!’

So my 4 year old grandson is learning what it means to be a Tyke.  At his first school he is spelling out his letters and I am trying to help.

T’ greatest county
Y orkshire where else
K ilnsey, Kettelwell, Kingston upon Hull, Keld, Kirby, Kippax and Keighley
E eby gum its a great place lad thas as lucky as chips!











Available via Etsy


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Trollybus Or Trackless

What is in a name? Do you call his a trolley bus, as I do, a trackless as my grandfather did or some more esoteric name. It probably matters little in the scheme of things except when it comes to providing this blog theme.

If you are too young or new to the concept of an electric bus like the Bradford version shown then here are some pointers. The electricity is supplied from two wire normally  suspended from tall roadside posts. The connection to the trolley bus is via two trolley poles that make a complete electric circuit for the direct current.

Leeds was the first British city to put trolleybuses into service in  1911 along with Bradford where they ran until 1972.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Trolley Buses

  • On the plus side they are quiet, none polluting and generally eco friendly.
  • Steep hills similar to those around Bradford were negotiated with ease and economy.
  • Investment in infrastructure and maintenance costs were high
  • Trolleys came off the wires at inopportune moments and had to be relocated by the conductor using a long pole located under the chassis.
  • Buses could only go where the supported wires were available and couldn’t easily overtake.
  • It is hard to say what the impact  of fuel costs and the allocation between public bodies caused in the buses demise.
  • Around Europe, America and Russia Trolley bus systems are still common.



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Yorkshire TV Broadcasting

Yorkshire TV studios were opened in 1968 at  Kirkstall Road Leeds broadcasting in black & white. By the end of 1969 ITV programmes started to be broadcast in colour. Yorkshire Television Limited ceased to trade on 1 January 2007 when it was taken over by ITV. It is currently named ITV Yorkshire.

Emley Moor is our transmitting station and broadcasting mast at Emley mid-way between between Huddersfield and Wakefield. The original very high tower collapsed in March 1969 due to high wind and a build-up of ice but was rebuilt as a concrete structure opened in 1971. In addition to ITV Yorkshire other stations including BBC Yorkshire and BBC 2 are transmitted from Emley.

Bilsdale transmitting station is a broadcasting and telecommunications facility, located at Bilsdale West Moor above Bilsdale, close to Helmsley, North Yorkshire. It also broadcasts to Tyne Tees

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Yorkshire Premiership Soccer Limelight

What do Sheffield United, Hull FC, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley FC, Middlesbrough Huddersfield Town, Bradford City and Leeds United all have in common? Loyal fans, tenacity and club spirit undoubtedly but also  records of promotion and relegation to and from the premiership.

Why the Yo-YO Effect

  • Well unfortunately not every club has yet Yo-Yoed but we live in hope.
  • The glory days often last just one season then the clubs are sussed out, opposition tactics target the off-cumdens and relegation too quickly follows.
  • Inconsistency within club ownership such as incompetence, financial mismanagement and ‘pride coming before a fall’ feature high in any list of causes.
  • Is there a level playing field? Yes there are 11 men on the pitch through each game of the season but there are no level bank balances.
  • TV rights and sponsorship go hand in glove with success and a north south divide means our clubs are not as desirable to those making the money decisions in those areas. We are often short of brass.
  • I don’t want to blame gate receipts, squad sizes, transfer fees, international competitions, worldwide recognition or any other causes.
  • It is what it is.

For more detailed analysis of Yorkshire teams time in the premiership you could do worse than look at this website.

Every Yorkshire Club In Premier League History – RANKED

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