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Bill Mitchell was recently voted the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s greatest living cultural icon in a poll to mark the 60th anniversary of each UK National Park. In the same poll, Alf Wight – much better known as James Herriot, the celebrated vet, won the same accolade in a second category as an icon who had died but was still revered. Herriot. A Vet’s Life sees the two reunited, with Bill Mitchell as the author and Alf as the main character. Alf’s son Jim followed in his footsteps to become a vet and often accompanied Alf on his rounds. Both applied their veterinary skills to ailing farmstock and household pets in the Pennine dales and across the North York Moors. W R (Bill) Mitchell gathered much of his information from interviews with father and son. In compiling this fully illustrated book, Bill could not resist adding Herriot-like tales of Dales characters he met as a long-time editor of “The Dalesman”, in a colourful period overlapping that known to Alf…Ref: 3
Sadly Mr W R Mitchell died on 7th October 2015..
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