Chairman Michael Cochrane opened the meeting advising of three apologies having been received.
Today saw the return of Mr Roger Oldfield , a former Programme Secretary of Harrogate Men’s Forum, who had spoken to us a number of times previously and whose topic today was “The Yorkshire Residency Test”.
Roger started by indicating an alternative title for his talk which would be “An Alternative Yorkshire History”. He checked the composition of his audience which was primarily Yorkshire born with a smattering of Lancastrians and a solitary Scotsman!!
The audience was then reminded of the geographical size of Yorkshire with more acres in the county than words in the Bible; larger than twenty-six countries and West Yorkshire is bigger than any other counties. The number of sporting personalities was touched upon e.g. Freddie Trueman; Brian Clough etc and the fact that at the 2012 London Olympics Yorkshire would have been 12th in the Medal Table. Sheffield F.C has the distinction of being the oldest registered football club in the world; Yorkshire C.C. have been county champions more than any other (34 times) and the split in the rugby world resulted in Rugby League being formed in Huddersfield. Roger also mentioned the unique sport/pastime of ferret legging.
Industry and Science have been well represented by Yorkshire folk with nods to amongst others John Smeaton; Sir John Cockcroft and Joseph Priestley. Percy Shaw of Cats Eyes fame was acknowledged and John Harrison of Wakefield and marine chronometer fame noted.
Less salubriously in crime and infamy names such as Peter Sutcliffe, Guido Fawkes and George Hudson have a Yorkshire Heritage. More positively Yorkshire has supplied to the Arts and Music personalities such as Lesley Garrett; Kathleen Ferrier; Frederick Delius; the Arctic Monkeys and Def Leppard. Authors and actors number J.B. Priestley; the Bronte sisters; Charles Laughton, James Mason and Judi Dench. Roger advised the county encompassed seven cities and a number of other historical locations.
The morning had been thoroughly enjoyed by the audience as shown by the questions, comments and some light-hearted banter at its conclusion.
The Vote of Thanks on behalf of the thirty-seven attendees was given by John Taylor who advised his mother returned to Yorkshire for his birth as otherwise he may have been of Irish heritage.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY.