A former Huddersfield woman was the centre of attention at the start of the Great Yorkshire Show.

Farmer’s wife Amanda Owen, who grew up in Newsome, was at the huge event to launch her book.

It gave her a chance to shed her overalls and dress up for the day, along with one of her daughters, Annes.

And The Yorkshire Shepherdess is expected to be a big hit with visitors to the show.

Amanda was a guest of Welcome To Yorkshire, who are basking in the afterglow of the huge success of the Tour de France.

The book is not only a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller, she also has a huge fan base with thousands of Twitter followers including comedian Jennifer Saunders.

 

Amanda said: “I was looking forward immensely to the Great Yorkshire Show, a time to catch up with friends, see some top notch animals and also browse the stalls for a little retail therapy (which I won’t mention to the husband!)”

The farmer’s wife and shepherdess, lives with husband Clive and seven children at Ravenseat, a 2,000 acre sheep hill farm in Swaledale.

The 39-year-old captured the heart of the nation when she first appeared on ITV’s The Dales which was watched by millions of viewers.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Amanda onto our stand. Back when we supported the first series of The Dales, we knew then that Amanda would go on to become a star in her own right.

“Not only is she a firm favourite with the people of Yorkshire, she’s now a national treasure!”

Amanda’s book is an autobiography of a woman who is the mother of seven children and looks after 2,000 sheep on a remote farm at Ravenseat, high in the Yorkshire Dales.

Amanda left Huddersfield as a teenager for a farming life firstly in the Lake District then in a remote part of the Yorkshire Dales.

And a key feature of the story is the fact she has combined a hard life on the farm with raising seven youngsters, aged from 11 months to 13 - giving birth to three of them in a layby as she lives two hours from the nearest hospital.

When publishers approached her with the book idea she said: “I wondered who would want to read about a lass from Newsome who ended up on a Yorkshire farm.

“But I thought if I didn’t give it a go I would regret it for the rest of my life.

“It was one of those things that sometimes came very easily and other times was impossibly hard.

“I could sit in front of my iPad and nothing would come and at other times I would be out in the fields with the sheep and an idea came to me. I wrote so many things down on scraps of paper and bills of sale from the sheep auctions”.

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