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Herriot convention

[Tuesday 21 February 2006]

The highs and the lows, the funny and sometimes poignant moments in the life of a Dales Vet were taken to audiences world wide when 'All creatures Great and Small' was adapted for television.

Later this year, fans of the phenomenally successful series will get the chance to travel to the Yorkshire Dales and learn more about their hero, James Herriot, and his creator, practicing Vet Alf Wight, at the first ever 'Herriot Convention'.

Alf Wight: Convention honours the man behind the James Herriot phenomenon.  Photo: The World of James Herriot
Alf Wight: Convention
honours the man behind
the James Herriot
Photo: The World of
James Herriot

Taking place over the 4th and 5th of November the convention is being organised by the 'World of James Herriot', a popular Thirsk tourist attraction, and will see a number of events held in and around the town.

The two day event will allow visitors to explore the award winning attraction and meet and greet the true stars behind the books and TV shows including Jim Wight, James Herriot's son and author of the official biography 'The Real James Herriot'; plus Johnny Byrne, the writer of the BBC TV series.

Other highlights of the weekend - which has already seen several Herriot fans from the USA book places - include a guided tour around the picturesque market town of Thirsk - the real Darrowby; Taking in Herriot landmarks including St Mary's Church, where James and Helen were married; going for a ride into the Dales, first on a 1940's Leyland bus and then on a train on the Wensleydale Railway, then finish off day one with a trip to the Ritz Cinema - the picture house venue for James and Helen's first date to see the Herriot film 'It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet'.

"This promises to be a great weekend and judging by the interest shown so far is going to be a busy one", said Centre Manager, Sue Dalton.

"It is the first time we will have gathered so many Herriot fans together in one place - everyone has their own memories of Alf Wight / James Herriot".

To book a place on the Herriot weekend - which costs £93.35 - call 01845 524234 or email sue.dalton@hambleton.gov.uk

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