MILLIONS of television viewers had a second chance last night to see the beautiful Colne Valley in all its glory.
As you may well know, bearded chefs the Hairy Bikers visited Slaithwaite a few months ago to record an hour and a bit for their new series which has just been broadcast on BBC2.
The culinary couple followed a group of village businesswomen as they tried to revive meals on wheels.
Happily, several months after the bikers and their film crew left the village the volunteer-run service is going from strength to strength, delivering hot meals and friendly chats to more than 20 old people in Slaithwaite and other parts of the valley.
So well done everyone, including the BBC, whose many lingering shots of the village and the surrounding hills have shown millions of viewers that the Colne Valley is a beautiful part of the world.
It’s easy to forget when you live here just how picturesque our surroundings are.
As I commute home each day from Bradley to Slawit, I sometimes want to pull over at Scape and just enjoy the epic view of the valley below.
So it was great to see so many shots of the hills, the drystone walls, the old mill buildings and the canal which make the area so picturesque.
But I have just one gripe with the Hairy Bikers. It’s a big one though, a gripe so big that if forced me to utter a rather rude word at the TV during last week’s programme.
Listen up, BBC, the village is called Slawit or SLATHwaite. It is not, ever, under any circumstances, to be called SLAYTHwaite.
Hearing the Hairy Bikers repeatedly get the name wrong was like listening to someone scraping their fingernails down a blackboard in front of millions of people.
I hope the programme encourages more tourists to come and visit our beautiful village.
But they’d better not call it SLAYTHwaite when they get here.