A new look for the home of Herriot nostalgia

THE timing is unfortunate for the deadlines of the Darlington & Stockton Times but probably as you read this The World of James Herriot will be unveiling its new look.

The centre in Thirsk, now run independently of its maker – Hambleton District Council – has undergone its first major facelift since it opened almost 20 years ago.

After being closed throughout January, it reopens today and unveils the first of a series of new features, principally a new Memorabilia Room housing all kinds of Herriot-related items, many of them not seen publicly before.

These include film stills from both big screen releases and items related to the TV series. There are personally-written letters from Mr Herriot to his fans, signed photos of many of the actors involved in the films and the TV series, and the original Meccano magazine from 1931 in which a young Alf Wight read the article on becoming a veterinary surgeon which was to lead him to Thirsk.

There are other new exhibits which will be wheeled out through the rest of the year.

One which has already taken its place in the centre is the Austin A7 car used in the television series All Creatures Great and Small.

Right move

MANY moons ago, Spectator moved house using a company called Bishop’s Move. I understand they are now the nation’s biggest family-owned removal company.

A man in need of a removal company this week was the Bishop of Durham and, yes, he decided to use the company just named for the job of relocating his family’s belongings from Auckland Castle to Lambeth Palace.

Twelve men and four vans have been used, Spectator understands.

Mind you, if you think that’s a lot of stuff, Justin Welby’s predecessor as Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright, had plenty of reading in store when he retired to Fife in Scotland.

The same firm shifted no fewer than 10,000 books.

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