8:00am Monday 28th October 2013
By Annette McIntyre
A Horsforth producer and a former YTV newsman have joined forces to create an epic work tracing more than 4,000 years of Yorkshire’s history.
The two-and-a-half-hour documentary – which features the carved rocks on Ilkley Moor, the Roman fort and White Wells – is presented by former YTV Calendar newsman Geoff Druett and produced by Horsforth-based Mark Saville.
“Amassing the amount of footage needed to encompass everything from the Ice Age up to today has indeed taken over ten years,” Mark said. “But along the way 20 other films have been released that tell the story of both individual towns and documenting people, industry and events that are now passing into history; such as the last coble fisherman at Filey.”
The project has involved hundreds of organisations who have given their time to show collections, such as the Roman and Viking finds at the Yorkshire Museum, or private houses – such as the moated manor house of Markenfield Hall, just outside Ripon.
“I can understand why it has never been attempted on film before: the region is so large and varied – the late dialect historian, Arnold Kellett, appears talking about the Anglian and Viking words that are found in our everyday language – but within that there is North, West and East Riding dialect and that even changes from village to village,” added Mark.
“All in all, it celebrates what has and still makes Yorkshire unique and why it is known as ‘God’s own county’ as everything is here: from the vale of York to the coast, the deep peat headlands of the Humber estuary to the rugged moors of the Pennines.”
The DVD is available direct from Mark at £14.99 (including post and package) on (0113) 258 4680 as well as at online retailers and select shops, museums and Tourist Information Centres.
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