IT was a record-breaker on our TV screens for decades.
And now it seems Last of The Summer Wine is still hitting the headlines.
With the demise of the longest-running TV sitcom after 39 years and 31 series, many thought that interest in the locations would be on the wane.
But that is far from the case.
Tourist office staff in Huddersfield and Holmfirth logged an amazing 65,324 inquiries about the show and its links with Holmfirth last year.
That is a staggering 178 requests every single day of the year and well up on the 61,000 inquiries of 2010.
Many were planning visits to the Holmfirth areas that featured so regularly in the show over the years.
Now, to meet demand about locations for the show in Holmfirth and its surroundings, Kirklees Council is launching a guide to ‘Summer Wine’ country to help people get the most out of their visit.
Holmfirth was the setting for a lot of the action in the show including Nora Batty’s steps and Sid’s Café, and nearby Jackson Bridge is the home to the White Horse Inn which featured in many episodes and whose interior was reproduced in the studio by the BBC .
At the height of its success the show was attracting 18.8m viewers and its repeats on cable and satellite channels can still attract up to five million.
Coach tours from across the country still include Holmfirth as a venue because of its links to the show and there were 65,324 visitor enquiries concerning Summer Wine recorded for 2011.
Holmfirth businessman Royston Rogers, president of the Holme Valley Business Association, is delighted the show has kept its links with the area.
“We forget that it is being shown in so many countries around the world and they are still seeing the series that were made years ago.
“Even local people tell me they love to watch it on Gold.
“People love to see the locations and they also like to try and spot some of our local characters, who could well have secured a place in Summer Wine.
“I hope the interest continues for years to come”.
A council spokesman said: “Holmfirth is a great little market town in its own right and a large percentage of visitors come back time and time again, with 68% doing so according to the latest Yorkshire Regional visitor Survey.
“Visitors surveyed also said they were likely to visit again in the next two years and 98% said they would recommend it to others.
“Holmfirth’s other attractions are the festival programme which features a food festival, an art festival, a folk festival and a good variety of boutique shops and galleries in stunning Pennine surroundings.”
The guide is available from council library and information centres and Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre, and can be downloaded from www.kirklees.gov.uk/visitors