For as long as I can remember I've been fascinated with Emley Moor Mast.
Like many folk born and bred in Yorkshire, I see it as a bit of an institution - and I know I'm not the only one who looks out for it on the journey home from a trip away!
I love it so much I'm even a member of a Facebook group where like minded fans can share their pictures and videos of the tower taken from far and wide, including a recent snap from Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire!
For years it's been my ambition to get to the top somehow, but because it's closed to the public I never thought I would.
But thanks to the Facebook group I spotted a charity auction where the prize was my dearest wish, the chance to get to the top of the tower!
I'm not scared of heights but I was starting to get a little nervous at the thought of the seven-minute ascent in the rickety lift - and the idea the top of the tower could be a bit wobbly in the wind!
The lift is indeed rickety, tiny and a bit scary - if you've been to the National Coal Mining Museum it's a bit like that but going in the opposite direction!
But it's all forgotten when you walk out of the lift and into the tower room - which I must confess was a little bit emotional.
On a very clear day you can see as far as the Humber Bridge, and we spotted Drax Power Station near Selby, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Castle Hill's Victoria Tower and Holme Moss. Previous visitors have said they could see Blackpool Tower but I'm not sure about that!
Chris Shaw, who came on the trip, said: "As the afternoon of the Big Ascent approached, I have to admit to a tinge of nerves. Suffering from untamed vertigo does have its advantages when it comes to self-preservation, but it's perhaps not the best thing to admit to when you're scheduled to travel 870 feet skywards in a rack & pinion lift that's cosy, to say the least.
"But, once up at the top, the iconic Emley Moor TV mast took on a to totally different feel. Ably hosted by our immensely knowledgable & personable guide Paul French, an Arqiva veteran, we were literally assaulted with facts, figures, stats and views - making the 90 minute excursion literally whizz by.
"The highlight for me, out of an incredibly memorable afternoon, was photographing the mast's shadow, lying along the ground like a huge compass needle. An utterly incredible sight.
"The view was, it goes without saying, quite breathtaking. 40-50 miles can be visually dispatched with complete ease.
"Looking down on cars, cattle, sheep & houses - all tiny dots, yet still recognisable. Likened by some of our party to the view one gets coming into land at an airport. Except, this structure was totally stable, swaying, according the the Plumb Line, by no more than 30mm. A truly iconic feat of engineering.
"And then, all too soon, we began our descent. Seven of us, crammed sardine-like in the lift, Paul French telling us about the friction brake, a device designed to prevent the cage from plummeting uncontrolled. Which was all the more timely, when I inadvertently leant again the emergency stop button.
"Yes, it worked. And yes, my new-found friends smiled as though to indulge my silly deed.
All in all, an absolutely unforgettable experience."
Our time the top of the tower passed in the blink of an eye. Not only were the views spectacular, but you could also have a nosy at the workings at the top and see just what goes on there - not that I understand much about television and radio transmission!
It was a privilege to be able to get to do something not many people can - and that The Prince's Trust and Charities Aid Foundation will benefit is even better.
Now when I see the mast it's hard to believe just a few days ago I was standing at the top, looking out from 1,084ft in the air across beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
It was an incredibly special experience I will treasure forever.