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James Herriot statue unveiled

A life-size bronze sculpture of Yorkshire vet-turned author Alf Wright has been unveiled today at The World of James Herriot in Thirsk.

A life-size bronze statue of vet-turned-author Alf Wright has been unveiled at The World of James Herriot Credit: The World of James Herriot

Mr Wright became the most famous vet in the world for his James Herriot books based on his life and practice in rural Yorkshire.

The official installation ceremony of the statue took place this morning when James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland performed the official proceedings.

As a tribute to Alf’s wife, Joan, the statue of her famous husband has been installed on what would have been her 96th birthday.

Jim Wight and Rosie Page, son and daughter of the author joined James Berresford along with Sean Hedges-Quinn, the sculptor of the statue, June Imeson OBE, the original driving force behind the opening of the World of James Herriot, plus Councillors Mark Robson & Gareth Dadd of Hambleton District Council, David Shields of Welcome to Yorkshire plus many supporters, volunteers and staff from the Centre.

World of James Herriot receives tourism award

The award winning team

The World of James Herriot museum in Thirsk has been awarded the Dalesman Yorkshire Rural Tourism Award for 2013.

Ian Ashton, managing director of The World of James Herriot, said: "The daily visitor numbers have been increasing over the last two years and this award recognises the efforts that we have made to work with our partners in the Herriot Country Tourism Group.”


Video: Herriot's heritage

He's probably the world's most famous vet and his stories of life in the Yorkshire Dales have sold millions of copies worldwide. Many years after his death James Herriot fans still flock to the Dales to visit the places he lived and worked.

Now one fan has donated his entire collection of memorabilia to the museum in Thirsk set up in his memory. Charlie Garforth reports.