Yorkshire is definitely more colourful these days, with a tourist boom brought in by the Tour De France and a tourist board that has admitted, British beauty does not end at the outer ring roads of London.
Yorkshire has literally gone from a grey place to a colourful vibrancy, epitomising modern day life. The dynamic ranges of our cameras today are letting our future generations see reality in high definition that once we saw in greys.
Betty’s tea rooms, which is always a must experience when in Yorkshire, has definitely gone from Black and white to colour.
Betty’s is celebrating one hundred years of trading and is still batting. The quintessential British tea room which was founded in 1919 by a young Swiss man called Frederick Belmont. The first tea room was opened in Harrogate, but primarily as a confectionist.
Further shops in the mysteriously named Bettys were opened in’ York and Ilkley at a time that was crossing from Edwardian to the House Of Windsor. The early Edwardian style of service continues today, with the uniformed staff attentive to your needs.
During the Second World War, the delivery vehicles from Bettys were used as ambulances and the premises were a meeting place for RAF pilots on leave.
Back in the black and white days, you had to have been born in Yorkshire to play for the Yorkshire Cricket Club. My father made sure I was born in South Yorkshire so I could just do that. It was just unfortunate that I was absolutely rubbish at the game. I love watching it though and like most, I can talk a damn fine game. Now in the days of colour and the influx of overseas players this is not the case any more, with one of Yorkshires finest adoptions, Sachin Tendulkar adorns the walls of fame amongst the likes of Sir Geoffrey Boycott, who is indeed the most opinionated Yorkshire, born and bred man you will care to meet.
Every year Whitby is invaded by Goths, who come to celebrate the town where Bram Stoker took his inspiration for Dracula. Wonderfully adorned people who are only too happy for you to take their photographs around the town. It is also the location where Steam Punks come from far and wide to celebrate Victorian time travel, again more than happy for you to take photos for the princely price of a thank you.