PHOTOGRAPHER Ian Watkins was so astonished when a friend said there was nothing to see in Bedale he decided to take action.

With friends he has created A Little Book About Bedale – and to his surprise it’s gone down so well he’s had to go for a second print run.

“I was quite astonished to think that anyone would think there was nothing to see here, so with fellow photographers Andy Burns and Bill Tetlow we created a book that celebrates Bedale in photographs,” said Ian. The book can only be purchased through his shop, Standard Studio in Bedale which stocks locally-made arts and crafts.

A market charter town since 1251, Bedale has many remaining historic buildings and landmarks.

Ian added: “We have taken pictures of many of the interesting things there are to see; Wensleydale Railway and the station, St Gregory’s Church, which is quite wonderful with so much to look at, including the wall painting of St George killing the dragon with his left hand, not the right hand as usually happens.

“We have the Leech House and the harbour, Bedale Hall with its fabulous plaster ceilings, the market and the high street, there is a lot going on in Bedale and hopefully we have captured some of it for people to see.

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“We have put a bit about the history in, we just want people to appreciate the town and maybe look at it with fresh eyes. I have had the book printed privately. Initially we had 50 copies printed, but quickly sold out of those, so we’re already on the second print run. To be honest I have been surprised at how interested people are, I started it as something for myself. For visitors it’s something to take away with them and for people who have left Bedale, people can send them copies of the book.”

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Despite being a dedicated Yorkshire-aficionado, Ian says he is really an outsider, moving here 33 years ago and living in Northallerton before moving to Bedale 20 years ago.