IN 1937 a young, newly qualified vet arrived in the Yorkshire Dales from big-city Glasgow and was immediately enchanted by the beautifully rugged landscape and the unflagging spirit of the people who farmed the slopes.
Thirty years later he charmed the world with his stories of Dales life written under the pen name of James Herriot. His funny, often touching, books spawned a hugely successful TV series watched by millions.
Remember that chaotic partnership with Siegfried, his wedding at last to Helen, the hilarious encounters with the livestock or those heart-rending moments when a much-loved pet had reached the end.
Relive some of those stories with Badapple Theatre this month at Square Chapel in Halifax where they will be staging, An Honorary Yorkshireman – The James Herriot Story.
Badapple is based in York and was formed 10 years ago by Kate Bramley and quickly combined her talents as a writer and director with the aim of telling good stories.
The company has toured extensively and appeared at the Edinburgh Festival.
Its new comedy drama celebrates the early years of All Creatures Great and Small, reliving stories that became familiar to many.
The show is at Square Chapel on Friday, September 19 at 8pm.
Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) from the box office on 01422 349422 or visit www.squarechapel.co.uk