Few if any of us need an excuse to champion God’s Own County.

But if we do, then this week offers the perfect opportunity to do just that.

And Holmfirth artist Ashley Jackson is one man who will definitely be loud and proud about Yorkshire Day on Friday, August 1.

Jackson, 73, wasn’t actually born in the White Rose county. He was born in Malaysia where his family was living but his mother remarried to a Yorkshireman after his father’s tragic death and they arrived in Yorkshire when Ashley was nine.

And as he says: “I’m an adopted Yorkshireman and I always believe that converts are stronger in their beliefs than those born into it.

“I regard Yorkshire as my home and I’m proud of it”.

Come Friday, he will be joining National Trust officials at the Hardcastle Crags beauty spot in Calderdale to herald the second of his “Framing the landscape” projects, erecting a metal frame so that visitors can look through it and see the spectacular Yorkshire scenery.

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His first frame is at Wessenden, above Meltham and Marsden, and is already a big hit.

“The National Trust say that Wessenden is the second most visited spot they have and that’s great news.

“It’s Huddersfield and Yorkshire at its finest and we should be shouting about our wonderful county on Yorkshire Day, and on every other day.

Wessenden seen through Ashley Jackson's frame
 

“I was asked the other day about the success of the Tour de France Grand Depart, which drew massive crowds to Yorkshire. I think that is a legacy that will last for ever: it’s God’s own county and God let it be sunny on that weekend and everyone across the world saw Yorkshire at its finest.

“Stunning scenery, spectacular backdrops and not a cloth cap or whippet in sight”.

The Examiner is doing its bit to raise the profile of Yorkshire Day and will have a series of events on August 1.

The Examiner’s social media outlets are already up and running with all that’s best in Yorkshire so get involved.

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